On any given night, there are dozens of rock bands in New York. Tonight, we're hosting an unusual convergence of which, it seems, only I am aware. The rock band Heart is playing a concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom tonight, and the rock band Spoon is playing a song on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," then opening for Arcade Fire tomorrow and Thursday at Madison Square Garden. If I had personal acquaintances with both bands, I would suggest they meet while they are in town together, and discuss a similarity between two of their songs.
How are you to know the shape and dimension of your dreams, much less the dreams of those you share a stage with? In the beginning—and we’ll begin with Tom, because this story is his story as much as it is the story of the band; he’s the one telling it—in the beginning he was just playing with people, because that’s what Tom did. He played the guitar and David played the bass and Danny played the drums.
They were all music students in Boston, then, just mixing and seeing what might match. They played together a few times before Danny said to Tom, “Hey, I have a band [...]
I'm of the opinion that Spoon is flat out the best rock band in America, but I am still warming up to their new one. Reviewing it for Pitchfork, Awl contributor Matthew Perpetua says, "Following the creative strides made on their last few Merge releases, the only big surprise on Transference is that they've become willing to let their hair down a bit. It can be a bit of a let down if you come in expecting another blockbuster like Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but something of a revelation if you meet them halfway." So I guess I'll try that!