The band gear up for summer festivals

Spoon have finished recording their new album, ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’, which is due to be released July 9 in the UK and a day later in the US.

NME.COM caught up with frontman Britt Daniel, who divulged some of the challenges of recording the follow-up to 2005’s ‘Gimme Fiction’.

“I live in Portland but we made the album in Austin where the rest of the band lives, and it was a long time to be sleeping on the futon in the studio without a home,” Daniel said.

“Also the intensity of what I was going through, like breaking up with my girlfriend and being away from home, fed into what the whole album was. But In the end I’m glad it happened the way it did — I do feel like it’s the best record we’ve made,” he admitted.

Daniel said that the album is about heartache, love, politics and personal experience.

“(Opening track) ‘Don’t Make Me A Target’ is about talking to the big guy in charge, and telling him, ‘Don’t make things worse than they already are,'” Daniel explained.

Production duties on the album were handled by long-time producer Mike McCarthy.

“It’s our fourth time working with the grumpy old wizard,” Daniel said of McCarthy. “He’s quite a character, but he’s very talented.”

Daniel said that he and the band made the decision to go for a rougher, rawer sound than on the band’s previous albums. “We left in the rough edges. We made the album to sound pleasing to us, but we hope more people will hear it than the one before.”

Spoon are gearing up to play several US and European festivals this summer, including Lollapalooza in Chicago and Norway’s Oya Festival, before returning Stateside to play a handful of club dates.

“It should be cool to play the festivals in Norway and Calgary, because I’ve never been there before,” said Daniel. “And I think we’re playing at a couple of festivals with LCD Soundsystem — that’ll be a blast. I’ve never seen them before and I love their last record. But I’m really looking forward to doing the smaller club shows after the festivals.”

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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