Concert Review: Spoon and Field Division at Woolys in Des Moines, IA – June 28, 2018

Published by JB on July 1, 2018

It’s hard to imagine indie rock and roll, without Spoon

I continue to optimistically hope that one day, bands like Wilco and Spoon will get properly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.   Now I know much of that is nonsense but Spoon alone, remains an impeccable band – both live, and on record.  Spoon is one of the few bands that have fully embraced (and mastered) both formats.   This factoid leaves bands like My Morning Jacket (arguably, the greatest live indie band of the past 15 years), who can’t release a sublime record, a few steps behind the curve.   Britt Daniel (just like Jeff Tweedy, and a few others) simply gets it.  Your records are your legacy, and your live performance is your street cred.  Spoon has both.

Spoon comes onstage like your traditional rock band – tons of smoke, dark lights – everything slightly ominous yet not enough to take themselves seriously.    The MVP of the entire gang is without doubt Daniel – whose gravel rock voice is essential listening.   Armed with a catalog of records that stands second to none (no hyperbole) in the indie world, Spoon could play top shelf deep tracks for four hours if they wished.

For a small show at venue as tidy as Wooly’s, this is an out of body experience – after seeing Spoon in front of crowds as big as 12,000.   This felt like seeing the Beatles at the tiny Cavern Club – in 1968!   Bands this great don’t play gigs this small — but on this night, Spoon once again saved indie rock for another night.

Kicking things off with ‘Knock Knock’ Daniel and Spoon knocked out the usual list of favorites, displaying their polar opposite range of songs on full display.   From the rugged ‘Underground’ to the solo version of ‘I Summon You’ they ultimately delighted the crowd with the electronic bounce of ‘Inside Out’ (taken from 2014’s beautiful They Want My Soul).   A 15 song main set merged quickly into a stunning 5 track encore.

If only they would do something wrong; release a bad album; have a bad gig — they’d come off as human.  Instead they remain the most consistently vibrant tacticians of indie rock.   They do no wrong.

–TWTHS

 

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