Photo by David Hall
Spoon has been premiering new songs during their live shows in recent weeks, but saved a special one for NPR. Appearing Monday afternoon at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge for NPRMusic’s Live in Concert series, the band performed They Want My Soul opener “Rent I Pay”.
With whiffs of the R&B influence the band has talked about, the track is really driven by Divine Fits’/fresh Spoon member Alex Fischel’s guitar. The lyricism ambles a bit off from the rhythm in the way we’ve come to love from Britt Daniel: “That’s the rent I pay / Like my brother say.”
Daniel’s and drummer Jim Eno also gave an interview to NPR’s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton during which they talked about recording with producers Joe Chiccarelli and Dave Fridmann, and how the album came together.
In the video below, click to about the 28:15 mark for the interview (which also features snippets of many They Want My Soul tracks), and around the 56 minute mark for the performance of “Rent I Pay”.
The studio version of “Rent I Pay” will be released tomorrow.