Founded in 1993, Spoon is an indie band from Austin, Texas, that takes inspiration from New Wave, power pop, and soul-influenced rock.
∙ Their early 2000s breakthrough came with such personal songs as “The Fitted Shirt,” which frontman Britt Daniel wrote after buying a dress shirt for his grandfather’s funeral.
∙ Praised for its minimalist arrangements, 2002’s Kill the Moonlight was included in Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade and Pitchfork’s 200 Top Albums of the 2000s.
∙ Britt Daniel and composer Brian Reitzell created the soundtrack for Will Ferrell’s 2006 movie Stranger Than Fiction, which used the band’s “The Way We Get By” in the opening scene.
∙ In 2010, reviews aggregator Metacritic named Spoon the “top overall artist of the decade,” due to the number of positive reviews for the band’s work.
∙ The group has had four albums reach the Top 20 on the Billboard 200, with both 2010’s Transference and 2014’s They Want My Soul peaking at No. 4.
∙ In addition to producing multiple Spoon records, cofounder/drummer Jim Eno has also helmed releases for dance-rock group !!!, indie-pop act Future Islands, and jam band Blues Traveler.