Spoon is Back with 'They Want My Soul,' First New Album in Four Years (Video)
Spoon will return with their long-awaited eighth studio album, They Want My Soul, on August 5, their first for ex-Warner Bros. chairman/ceo Tom Whalley’s Loma Vista Recordings, his joint venture with Monte and Avery Lipman’s Republic label.
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The band was previously on indie Merge Records, home of Arcade Fire, with their last studio album, 2010’s Transference, the last of five for the company. The Austin, TX, group hasn’t been with a major label since releasing A Series of Sneaks in 1998 on Elektra.
Preorders for the album are live now at iTunes and Amazon. An exclusive bundle will be available later this week through the band's store (at www.spoontheband.com), which features a limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl LP, a T-shirt and handwritten lyric sheets. The first 100 bundle orders will receive an autographed set of lyric sheets. All preorders placed through iTunes and the band’s site come with an instant download of the album's lead track, "Rent I Pay."
The band has also filmed an unofficial video for the track, which can be viewed at YouTube.
Britt Daniel and Jim Eno recently talked with Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for NPR's All Songs Considered about the recording process behind the record and its sonic elements. The All Songs Considered segment is currently streaming on NPR here.
Yesterday afternoon, Spoon took to the stage at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge for a live world premiere performance of "Rent I Pay" for NPR's First Listen Live. The song was met with a wildly enthusiastic reception from the privileged few to make it into the intimate venue. For everyone who couldn't, the performance is streaming now on NPR.
Last weekend, Spoon kicked off a North American festival tour at the Governors Ball festival in New York. This tour will include appearances at Lollapalooza (August 2), Outside Lands (August 10) and the Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 3-5, 10-12), among a host of others. In addition, the band will headline the special event "They Want My Soul" on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on August 8.