Spoon @ The Metro, 14th February ’15 – Across The Ocean

Spoon @ The Metro, 14th February ’15

Valentine’s Day could potentially be a challenging gig for some but on this barmy Saturday evening everybody’s favourite utensil inspired band received no shortage of love.

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Having not graced our shores since 2010 the instrument swapping Texan quintet appeared delighted to be here, and judging by the buzz from the assembled masses, the feeling was reciprocated.

Comically introduced by the intentionally bumbling ocker roadie, we were informed that “Spoons” were “a bonzer bunch of blokes” who “carried all their own gear from the plane”.

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Unexpected tomfoolery out of the way it was time for the band to take us on a journey through their extensive and revered back catalogue. The fact that the first five tracks played this evening all came off different releases is an accurate indicator of the variety that was on display. Opener ‘Rent I Pay‘ off recent album They Want My Soul got things moving prior to delving way back to old favourite ‘Small Stakes‘.

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It is immediately evident watching Spoon that nobody stands still for too long with instruments being exchanged willy nilly. Frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Emo stick to their chosen crafts whilst the rest of the band frequently juggles keyboards, bass, guitars and various implements of percussion.

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After crowd pleasing renditions of ‘My Mathematical Mind‘ and ‘The Ghost Of You Lingers‘ we are eased into new track ‘Satellite‘.

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Incapable of any wrongdoing the full house fervently inhale both old and new with equal gusto.

Don’t Make Me A Target‘ raises the bar a few notches and as the set reaches it’s conclusion we are treated to the unique sight of three keyboards simultaneously in action (two being merely played, the other molested). As the Irish lass next to me observes “the keyboard player is having a panic attack”. An accurate enough assessment.

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Completing the set aproper with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga‘s ‘Black Like Me‘ all those in attendance would have already been more than satisfied.

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Finding a little more left up their sleeve we are treated to ‘You Got Yr Cherry Bomb‘ and ‘The Underdog‘ to put the icing on the cake.

Photos: Benon Julius William Otto Koebsch

Gavin Stocker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Outside of Across The Ocean Gavin Stocker writes, records and performs music under the moniker of P Truck.

He can also be found clinging to his youth on a skateboard or wandering aimlessly through the bush.
Gavin Stocker