Sunday, January 24, 2010

Spoon Played Mercury Lounge - Pictures, Review

On Thursday night, we were lucky enough to get to stop in at Mercury Lounge and see Spoon deliver an uber-intimate set for around 250 fans. Suffice it to say that (especially as the band's popularity continues to grow) it was a real treat to see the band in such a tiny room. Moreover, it does a pretty damn good job at reminding you just how good Spoon is at recreating their on album sound in the live environment.

Despite the fact that it was one of the looser shows we've seen from the band in quite a while, there's no question that the set was a highly energized dive into the band's more recent material They played most of their latest record, Transference, and kept most of the set firmly trained on their last three records. That being said, there were a few exceptions, drifting back as far as Girls Can Tell.

The set was largely seamless, and it quickly became pretty apparent that playing to a tiny room of devoted fans (even if some of them hadn't heard the new record!?!?) was not going to phase a band as road tested as this one. There was no discernible blip in the set as the band fluctuated between new and old material, and Transference made clear its place among Spoon's well-established catalog.

In addition to the core Spoon configuration, Stephen Patterson of White Rabbits joined the band on stage, adding another guitar for "Mystery Zone". What's more, the band did a bit of instrument swapping, with Britt Daniel and Rob Pope trading bass and guitar duties once or twice over the course of the show.

We have to say: it's one of the great tragedies of discovering fantastic music, that eventually the bands may go on to play huge rooms where you lose a lot of the intimacy of performance. For exactly that reason, it's so exciting to see a band as meteoric as Spoon acknowledging just how awesome and worthwhile a small venue can be. Granted, some folks don't make it in the door, but for the ones who do, it's a sure fire way to get to the heart of what rock and roll is all about.

Black Like Me
Is Love Forever?
I Saw The Light
Stay Don't Go ->
Don't You Evah
The Ghost Of You Lingers
Who Makes Your Money
Nobody Gets Me But You
Don't Make Me A Target
Mystery Zone
You've Got Yr Cherry Bomb
Written In Reverse
Someone Something
They Never Got You
I Summon You
The Beast And Dragon, Adored
Got Nuffin
Something To Look Forward To
Chicago At Night
Rhythm & Soul
Fitted Shirt

Many more pictures at the HAD Archive.


Hanan said...

I'm listening to Transference again. go figure ; )