Spoon's Britt Daniel Goes Acoustic With BBC Set

Frontman says heavier sound of new song "Rent I Pay" was inspired by purchase of AC/DC catalogue

Spoon frontman Britt Daniel.
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July 3, 2014 3:45 PM ET

Fresh off the release of their official first single, "Do You," Spoon frontman Britt Daniel stopped by BBC Radio 6 to play two more acoustic cuts off the band's upcoming album, They Want My Soul, "Rent I Pay" and "Rainy Taxi."

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You can take a listen to both cuts below, as well as a quick interview with Daniel, who chalked up the heavier sound of "Rent I Pay" to his recent purchase of the entire AC/DC discography. Daniel spoke about the positive response Spoon has received when playing their new material live, how the band has changed and adapted over the years and why writing songs now is more fun than it was 20 years ago.

"There was a long time where there was a lot of not-fun stuff we would do and a lot of scrounging, but I knew this was the only thing I wanted to do and I just kept pushing forward," he said. "Now there's a little more success and it really does make things easier when you get to spend a few more bucks to record a record. You can stay in a hotel instead of a friend's floor."

Spoon will release They Want My Soul on August 5th via new label Loma Vista, though starting on July 15th, you'll be able to pre-order it at your local record store and take advantage of the band's new "Vinyl Gratification" program. Taking a cue from free song downloads included with digital pre-orders, Spoon's new incentive program will offer vinyl lovers who pre-order the LP at independent record shops a free 45 RPM 10-inch with three tracks, including "Do You" (a full list of participating stores is on the band's website). Bring your receipt back on August 5th and you'll be able to take home a 180-gram white vinyl copy of the album.

They Want My Soul is Spoon's first record since 2010's Transference, and marks the first time the band has worked with outside producers, including Joe Chiccarelli (MorrisseyAlanis Morissettethe Strokes) and Dave Fridmann (Flaming LipsWeezerMGMT). The album will also feature contributions from new member Alex Fischel, who played with Daniel in his supergroup Divine Fits.

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