Spoon's Britt Daniel: "My playing is all about the right hand. That’s my way of being expressive, by establishing a feel and rhythm"

Britt Daniel
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Britt Daniel wanted to bring a back-to-basics grit to Spoon’s 10th album, Lucifer on the Sofa. This was in part inspired by the touring cycle behind 2017’s Hot Thoughts, where the act steadily stripped down the synth-and-ambient-sax-driven polish of their most experimental set of tunes in favor of an in-the-flesh rawness.

Geography played a part in things, too: Daniel, Spoon's lead songwriter, moved back to his home state of Texas in 2019, following stretches in Oregon and California.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.