When Spoon announced the release of their eighth studio album, they suggested the music would feature a “slightly more R&B direction.” But when it came time to release the first teaser track, the sound harkened back to the band’s usual brand of acoustic folk, hazy psych-rock, and noise-rock.
Today, on the eve of their first shows of 2014, the band’s unveiled a second teaser, which finally delivers those crisp R&B grooves. In the clip entitled “They Want My Soul”, the accompanying track’s a slightly mysterious slice of dance-rock, marked by reverb-heavy synths, crunchy bass chords, and a dash of ambiance. It’s a little more electronic-sounding than past Spoon fare, but their trademark rhythms and mix of playfulness and sex appeal remain steadfast.
Watch the visualizer below:
Serving as their first headlining dates since April 2012, the band will be on the road for much of the summer. There’s a few standalone shows in Memphis, Atlanta, Los Angeles (at the Hollywood Forever cemetery), New Orleans, and Minneapolis. The rest of their docket is comprised of festival gigs, including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Boston Calling, and Austin City Limits.
Consult the full schedule below.
Spoon 2014 Tour Dates:
06/02 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
06/03 – London, UK @ Oslo
06/05 – Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
06/07 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/14 – Vancouver, BC @ CBC Music Festival
06/21 – Toronto, ON @ NXNE Festival
06/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Rock the Garden
06/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (Early Show)
06/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (Late Show)
06/27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
06/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
07/12-13 – Telluride, CO @ The Ride Festival
07/18 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/25-27 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
08/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
08/17 – Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
08/30-31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America
09/05 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
10/03-05 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/10-12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival