April 5, 2008
After many tries, Spoon achieved their breakthrough success with the 2007 marvel, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. A mixture of roots oriented rock guitar stomp/ rhythm and blues with atmospheric ballads, the album gave the Austin, Texas band the ability to leave the day job circuit and concentrate solely on their musical interests. It has worked for the band as evidenced by their appearance at Cincinnati’s Bogarts on April 5.
A rescheduled date due to their appearance on Saturday Night Live last fall, Spoon’s Bogarts concert was full of rock and pop majesty that allowed the sold out throng inside to dance to the group’s propulsive rhythms. Lead singer Britt Daniel writes Spoon’s tunes, and he connects to his listeners in the live context, reaching beyond the norm with a charisma that seems grounded and natural.
Even on the echoing and spacey "The Ghost of You Lingers," Daniel was a study in contrasts. At once shouting into the microphone, his bulging neck veins belied a trapped animal in a cage. Then the lead vocalist calmly shrank from the forefront and submitted to the song’s sadness near the end. "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" featured Rob Pope’s pumping bass lines in juxtaposition with Jim Eno’s driving percussive blasts on drums.
Eric Harvey’s keyboards colored the grooving funk of the Julian Tepper, Max Tepper, and Derek Vockins’ composition, "Don’t You Evah." The floor’s denizens swayed back and forth to "Evah," producing a trippy, light headed and almost communal vibe. Before Spoon stepped off the stage for the evening, they produced the politically tinged staccato bursting gem, "Don’t Make Me a Target" to their follower’s delight. It was exhilarating, towering and appropriate in it’s finalization to cap off a bravado performance that had many hoping for another return engagement from Spoon in the near future.