Sunday, July 5, 2009

Review: Spoon - Got Nuffin

Spoon showcases new tunes

For those of you who've been lucky enough to catch a Spoon show in the recent months, you may have witnessed the live performance of the title track off Spoon's latest EP (see above). While I might argue that this three-song release is more of a single than an EP, it stands as another great addition to Spoon's ever-growing / never-failing catalog.

The opening / title track "Got Nuffin" is a great fast-paced rocker that flirst with a Joy Division groove (the metronomically drum driven beats, the constant and very apparent bass line, the new-wave synth/guitar bridges). The second track, "Tweakers," sounds like it could have belonged on Get Nice. It's nearly 4 minutes of drum and feedback. I feel like they could have done a little more with this number; however, it does provide a very long interlude into the last track (my personal favorite) "Stoke Their Brains." This song sounds like Girls Can Tell-era Spoon. It's upbeat, very minimal, full of emotion, and infectiously catchy. All together, Got Nuffin was an incredible surprise and a nicely proportioned sample to tide us over until Me And Matty Pickles. My only complaint is that the shipping costs nearly twice as much as the EP!

So prime yourself by picking up a copy of Got Nuffin in preparation of Spoon X3 if you happen to be the lucky ones living in Austin. I'm sure these songs will end up on the set list, as well as the other new jams Britt Daniel & Co. have been working on for Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's follow-up.

Buy :: Got Nuffin
Tickets :: Spoon X3 (July 9, 10, 11 @ Stubbs)