Local legends Spoon recorded their fourth Austin City Limits taping this past Thursday for the show’s 40th anniversary season. In support of their most recent album release, Spoon has been on their first tour in over two and a half years. Aside from playing both weekends of Austin City Limits Festival this year, the band surprised their fellow Austinites with a surprise show at Hotel Vegas in May to kick of this long string of shows. The city welcomed them with arms wide open.
Coming off their wildly successful new record They Want My Soul, it’s no surprise Spoon opened with a pair of songs from the album. “Knock Knock Knock” and “Rent I Pay” played well to a crowd who obviously have grown to know the new album as if it were one of the many classic records they’ve put out in the past decade. “Do You,” one of the biggest singles off the album, meshed well with their older cuts.
Spoon’s overall demeanor on stage was restrained cool, an apt description for their frontman Britt Daniel. Their funkier songs, like “Don’t You Evah” and “I Turn My Camera On” are minimalist in nature, but still translated well to the packed crowd. Britt remains a consummate frontman, and still performs their older material with conviction and style. Spoon is shaping up to be one of the most critically successful indie artists of the past two decades. See why when PBS airs this taping early next year.
* Live photos courtesy of KLRU. All photos below by Scott Newton.