Spoon are introducing a new incentive program for vinyl lovers, offering a three-song 10-inch record on the spot for those who pre-order the band's upcoming album, They Want My Soul, at their neighborhood independent record store. The 45 RPM 10-inch will feature They Want My Soul's first single, "Do You," which was released Tuesday.
The first-of-its-kind "Vinyl Gratification" program kicks off on July 15th, and you can check out a list of the 150 participating retailers over on the band's website (the program is U.S.-based for now, but will expand internationally in the near future). Upon They Want My Soul's August 5th release, participants will be able to bring back their receipt and pick up a 180-gram white vinyl copy of the album.
In a press release, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel said Vinyl Gratification was inspired by the myriad incentives offered to fans who pre-order through big retailers, particularly online. And while instant downloads of "Do You" will come with every digital pre-order of They Want My Soul, Daniel said he and the band wanted to do something that would also benefit local record stores and listeners who relish music in its physical form.
"If like me, you've ever rushed home with a brand new record that you couldn’t wait to play —and couldn’t actually play until you slapped it onto your turntable — I hope the Vinyl Gratification program will bring back some magic for you," Daniel said. "And I hope you'll join us in supporting the independent record shops that have supported us for so long."
They Want My Soul is Spoon's first LP since 2010's Transference, and marks the first time the Texas band has worked with outside producers, including Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, Alanis Morissette, the Strokes) and Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT). The album will also feature contributions from new member Alex Fischel, who played with Daniel in his supergroup Divine Fits.
Along with "Do You," Spoon have offered up the garage-rock thumper "Rent I Pay" and previewed a handful of other album cuts — including a cover of Ann-Margret's "I Just Don't Understand" — during a recent interview with NPR Music. Spoon will be on the road throughout the summer and fall, playing festivals including Forecastle, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Budweiser Made in America and Austin City Limits.