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Spoon To Debut New Songs At Austin Mini-Fest

Indie rock favorites Spoon will debut new material from its as-yet-untitled seventh album during a three-night mini-festival at Austin’s Stubb’s Amphitheater on July 9-11 dubbed SPOONX3. Each individual night will feature the band’s hand-picked guests, including And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Low, Dale Watson, Atlas Sound and the Strange Boys.

Spoon is currently in the recording studio working on the follow-up to 2007’s “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.” The band’s last release, the eight-track “Don’t You Evah,” EP, was released in April 2008 and frontman Britt Daniel said then that he was in no rush to record new material.

But recently Spoon has been holed up in the studio recording a new set of tracks, including “Is Love Forever?,” a favorite of Daniel’s. “The title’s funny to me,” he said.

As for the seventh studio album, Daniel prefers to let the music do the talking. “It’s usually hard for me to describe new stuff,” he says. “I always hope it’s going to new territory, but it’s hard to tell. There’s a lot of guitar in them. I think they may be a bit sparser than the last album.”

When it came time to choose the supporting artists for the three-night bill, Daniel says the band used their tried-and-true method of calling upon bands they love. “We said hello, caught up a bit, and then I gingerly broached the subject of pay for play,” he recalls.

Aside from SPOONX3, the band has only one other confirmed live date, and will not be hitting the festival circuit this summer, Daniel says. “We’re playing the Merge Records’ (20th Anniversary Festival) in July. We don’t have plans past that, but I’m sure we will set more things up because being on tour is more fun than normal life.”

“We knew we’d be working on or finishing up an album by this summer, so we made sure to keep our schedule pretty open so we could work as much as possible,” he continues. “But anyway I don’t think most of those festivals want you when you don’t have a new record out. Or your band isn’t reforming.”

Three-day passes are now available at SpoonTheBand.com and individual tickets are on sale via Frontgate Tickets.