Spoon Recording New Songs With 'Slightly More Soul'

'Right now it's a lot of instrumental music,' Britt Daniel says

Britt Daniel of Spoon performs in Austin Texas.
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April 1, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Britt Daniel has been busy with his new group Divine Fits, but he's still been writing and working recently with his main squeeze Spoon. Daniel had written some new Spoon music and was waiting for his bandmates to add in their arrangements. While he's been out with Divine Fits, other Spoon members convened to lay down some recordings and get ahead with the new tracks.

"I know Eric [Harvey] and Jim [Eno] got together in November and finally sent me some of those recordings. Right now it's a lot of instrumental music," Daniel told Spin. "There were a few tunes that I have written over the last couple of years that I brought in at these rehearsals. And they sounded pretty good, actually." Some of the new music has taken a different direction. "A couple of those, they're – what are they? – they have slightly more soul than the last record, if anything? Slightly more R&B," said Daniel. "And then there's these instrumental songs. I don't know how those will end up. I gotta put some words on 'em."

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Daniel isn't done with Divine Fits, either: the band recorded a couple new songs right before SXSW. "We definitely would want them to come out as a physical thing, so I'm guessing that'll be seven-inch. And then they'll be available digitally, too," said Daniel of new tracks "Chained to Love" and "Ain't It That Way." The new Spoon album is next, but Daniel was clear there will be another Divine Fits record to come.

Daniel also had some harsh words for Axl Rose. During the Divine Fits' Reddit AMA in December, he called the Guns N' Roses singer "a prick," and he expanded on those sentiments. "I just think that he's kinda the worst type of rock star out there, who's totally self-involved and precious about his own music and won't put out a record and can't  you know, all the great people that made that first Guns N' Roses record what it was can't stand working with him, or he doesn't wanna work with them," said Daniel. "Racist, and, uh, homophobic. Problems like that. He's chilled out. There was a very obnoxious phase for Axl Rose. I'm sure if I had experienced as much success as he had, I would probably be a third as obnoxious. I'd probably be obnoxious, too. But not that much."

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