Q&A: Spoon's Britt Daniel on Religion, Coffee, and The Drudge Report

"I watch a lot of Fox News."

Spoon played the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago last week, a place frontman Britt Daniel says is one of the most beautiful and ornate rooms his band has ever played in. It also boasts the most unbearable sound.

"When I said, 'We haven't had sound like this in 22 years,' everybody applauded," says Daniel. "And I was like, I'm not sure if you really get what I'm saying. But whatever."

Fans—many of them critics—started applauding the Austin, Texas, rockers when they started churning out meticulously crafted pop in the mid-'90s, and they never stopped. Spoon's slow burn atop the indie-rock pantheon—with one foot dipped in mainstream waters—has led them to a pair of headlining shows at the Moore this weekend.

Daniel took a few minutes after his first "and last" gig at the Aragon to talk about Easter, singles, and his new album, Transference. For more of our conversation, check out Reverb, our music blog.

SW: I was in Starbucks this morning and saw Transference on the counter. Have you been making a point of stopping in now that they're carrying your record?

Daniel: I sure have not.

Do you think that says anything about your music, or about Starbucks?

I don't know. What does that mean? Would they carry, like, a Radiohead record there?

Would that make you feel better about it?

Well, I don't feel bad about it. I feel good about it. But I don't really know what it means to have a record there. I'm not really that familiar.

Is religion or spirituality a part of your life?

I think about that stuff a lot; I do. When I was growing up, my parents were split up, and I'd spend every other weekend with each one. My mom was Protestant, my dad was hardcore Catholic. So I've been able to see both sides of it. I think unfortunately it was something I was forced to do when I was a kid. That makes you have a certain relationship with religion, which is not necessarily the same thing as spirituality.

You reading anything interesting these days?

I've been reading this really bad book called The Politician, by Andrew Young. He was John Edwards' assistant. It's actually not a good book, but I cannot stop reading it. And I read Game Change recently. That was pretty good, but it just felt like I was rehashing all [the 2008 presidential campaign] so closely that there wasn't a lot of new input.

I picked up Karl Rove's book recently. Are you interested in the other side?

Well, I am interested in the other side. I watch a lot of Fox News. I had to stop reading The Drudge Report, but it was my main go-to Web site for about eight years. At some point I was just like, "This is just too much."

Do you do any writing, any political commentary?

No. I just devour.

ckornelis@seattleweekly.com

 
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