SPOON – Vooruit Venue, Ghent – November 5, 2014…
I am not a fanatic Spoon follower but their new album ‘They Want My Soul’ drew my attention to the Texan outfit again. And when I learned that they would play in my hometown I really wanted to see them live for the first time and I dived into their older work – eight albums ! – as a warm up. That was already great fun. Tonight in the historical Ghent building ‘Vooruit’, the veterans (in action since 1993) would prove that on a stage they are an irresistible solid rock machine too.
The opening killer trio of ‘Knock Knock Knock’, ‘Rent I Pay’ and ‘Don’t You Evah’ showed the way. The crowd, most of them Spoon fans at heart, was immediately entranced. The Austin band genuinely loved it and never looked back. Yeah !
Frontman Britt Daniel got on his knees regulary as if he wanted to thank his admirers for the exuberant respons to his band’s sparkling performance.
“We’re not worthy…”
They are not a greatest hits band but the fans definitely had their favourites. Drummer Jim Eno and bassist Rob Pope were the true stars for me. Eno produced loud sledgehammer beats and Pope joined him with fat groovy strokes.
The groovy tandem…
Spoon are about classic rock dynamics with Daniel’s raspy voice on top. They showcased their rich musical palette with effortless flair and many big bangs.
Guitars, drums and a fascinating frontman. A simple formula that still works after more than sixty years when applied properly: with soul, with passion and with smashing tunes . And that’s what Spoon did ! Respect !