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Spoon Brings New Material And New Energy To Lolla Aftershow

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 4, 2014 8:45PM

Fans at Metro Friday night for the Lollapalooza after show were treated to an hour and a half of Spoon, a set that would leave even the biggest fan satisfied.

The Austin-based group played a fair number of songs from their new album, They Want My Soul (out tomorrow), and even not being all that familiar with the new material, we were impressed by how well it stood up live. This is their first album since 2010’s Transference, after which the band took a little break to work on other projects, including Divine Fits, bandleader Britt Daniels’ new-ish band with Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs). It’s a return to form for the band who brings back more of the energy and intensity we loved about previous albums Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Gimmie Fiction.

They started the night with “Knock Knock Knock,” a slower new song with a little bit of a groove that breaks with bits of feedback and smeary guitars. The one song we couldn’t get out of our heads all weekend though was “Inside Out,” a sexy tune with a driving beat and dreamy keys.

The new stuff played well with the older material in the set, which was basically a barrage of hits that had everyone in the room welcoming each song with cheers and singing along. “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb,” “The Underdog,” “I Turn My Camera On,” even “I Summon You” all made it into the show. It was a late night with Spoon not taking the stage 'til a little after midnight, but everyone streaming out of the venue looked invigorated after the show.