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Britt Daniel and Sweet Spirit reimagine Spoon’s “Paper Tiger” — listen

on May 15, 2015, 2:05pm

Spoon and fellow Austin indie rockers Sweet Spirit are about to hit the road together for a North American tour. The stage isn’t the only thing the two acts are sharing, though. To coincide with the 10-city jaunt, Sweet Spirit and Spoon frontman Britt Daniel also spent time in the studio together to whip up a new collaborative 7-inch for Nine Mile Records. We heard Side A with last month’s synthpop juggernaut “Have Mercy”. Now, its counterpart’s been revealed, and it’s sure to take Daniel back to his early Spoon days.

Side B is a cover of “Paper Tiger”, a track taken from Spoon’s 2002 LP, Kill the Moonlight. Produced by longtime collaborator Mike McCarthy, it’s a vastly different rendition, charged with a rapid-fire mix of percussion and riffs. Perhaps Spoon gone punk? Listen in below.

‘“Paper Tiger” is a song that we’ve always wanted to cover,” explained Sweet Spirit’s Sabrina Ellis. “Andrew [Cashen, co-leader] was attracted to the beautiful melody. He kept talking about giving it the Amy Winehouse beat, Winehouse with the Dap Kings. We learned the song and began incorporating it into our set. One night we had an early show at Hotel Vegas. Britt Daniel happened to be in the audience and we asked him onstage to sing with us. That’s when we whipped out this coked up version of “Paper Tiger.” I don’t know who was more surprised, Britt or the 30 people at the bar.”

She added, “It begins the same way as the original, with a keyboard on heavy delay starting the riff. Then the drums come in and it turns into something wild. Andrew is the second voice. I don’t want people to be mistaken, we sound so alike. He wanted me to sing it, but I think it’s heartwrenching to hear both male vocals together. There’s a lyric, “We could go kick down some doors together…” but we mistook that for “We could go kick ass in bars together!” Britt liked the revision. It stayed. “Paper Tiger” is a real crowd pleaser, especially when Britt and I are shaking it like Rod and Tina.”

Sweet Sprit 2015 Tour Dates:
05/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom *
05/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland *
05/19 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Theatre *
05/21 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater *
05/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl *
05/25 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory *
05/29 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
05/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern *
06/01 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Theatre *
06/02 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Theatre *

* = w/ Spoon

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