NASTY LITTLE MAN: Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey and Rob Pope — collectively known as Spoon — have confirmed the release date of their first album in over two years and seventh overall: Transference will be released in the U.S. on Merge Records on the 26th of January 2010. Produced by the band, Transference is made up of 11 new gems that honor the Spoon tradition while pushing the envelope of the band’s sound ever further. “Before Destruction” opens proceedings with a transfixing air of foreboding before “Is Love Forever?” and “The Mystery Zone” kick in with hooks that grip the listener’s cortex with the tenacity of an aural tapeworm. “Who Makes Your Money” and first single “Written In Reverse” will be familiar to Spoon fans who witnessed the band playing prototypical live versions at select dates in 2008, as will “Got Nuffin,” title track of the EP released by the band earlier this year. The complete track listing for Transference is:
Is Love Forever?
The Mystery Zone
Who Makes Your Money
Written In Reverse
I Saw The Light
Trouble Comes Running
Out Go The Lights
Nobody Gets Me But You
In other Spoon news, September 29 saw the worldwide digital release of the band’s first four albums — Telephono, A Series Of Sneaks, Girls Can Tell and Kill The Moonlight — at spoontheband.com. The albums will be formatted as MP3s and high quality FLAC audio, with digital liner notes provided for the first time.
Spoon has also confirmed a one-off New Years Eve extravaganza at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee with Jay Reatard supporting. Tour dates supporting Transference will be announced as they are confirmed. Check back frequently at spoontheband.com.
Transference is the first full length offering of new Spoon material since 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon’s first Top 10 album with U.S. sales having since exceeded 300,000. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga was hailed upon its release with the band’s biggest ever coverage in the likes of TIME and THE NEW YORKER, and wound up 2007 with year-end best of accolades from NPR, GQ, NEW YORK, ROLLING STONE, PITCHFORK, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, SPIN, THE ONION, PASTE and the WASHINGTON POST, while Oct. 6, 2007 marked the band’s debut appearance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.