Tonight: Spoon at Warehouse Live
Most of Rocks Off's recent conversation with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel made it into last week's print edition, but we managed to keep him on the phone a bit longer...Rocks Off: I saw you had been in L.A. working with Jon Brion [who produced breakout single "The Underdog," from 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga]. Did anything come from working with him? Britt Daniel: We did some experimenting, trying to come up with songs in weird ways. We worked on some demos. We were kind of more hashing out ideas than doing actual recording. But it was good. RO: What makes you decide if something is a Spoon song or something you might keep for one of your solo projects? BD (chuckles): Well... maybe if - I don't know. Say it's something that I demoed, and the way I thought it was demoed was the way that it should be. There's a song that was going to be a Spoon song, and I made a recording of it that was intended to be a placeholder track until Jim [drummer/Spoon co-founder Eno] came along. But it was just so good, I didn't want to change it after that. So that's not going to be a Spoon song. It's really a matter of that - if I feel like it just needs what I can bring to it. If it needs more, or we're going to collaborate, then it's a Spoon song. RO: When you've gone for a while without playing shows, is there anything you do to get back in a live state of mind? BD: I don't know. I'm always eager to get back in that live state of mind. I willingly succumb. We'll rehearse, but to me the hard part is getting into the writing state of mind. The playing state of mind is immediate and fun. We always have a good time doing it - it's not a cerebral exercise, you know? RO: Is writing difficult for you?
With Black Nasty, 8 p.m. tonight at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483 or www.warehouselive.com.