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I’m going to be honest; I’m not a fan of the Rocketsmiths. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly why, but they just don’t do anything for me. I sat through their set though, and tried to enjoy it. Tried to point out the good things to myself. But despite the energy from the band, it still came across as fairly mediocre. If anyone can offer a less bias opinion of their set I’d be interested to hear it.

But more importantly….Shame on you Brisbane, this concert was not sold out. This is exactly why outstanding acts up end skipping Brisbane when they tour. Luckily the Hi Fi can shut the mezzanine and force everyone downstairs, closer to the front, giving the feel of a more packed out audience.

The curtain to the stage drew to reveal four very smart looking guys. Which is one of the things I love about Spoon. They’re absolutely oozing with cool, but don’t need pretentious clothing or wild antics to make it work. Casual and relaxed, they began with ‘Nobody Gets Me But You’ from their latest release Transference. The sound was a bit off during this song, but was quickly fixed up for the rest of the set. They mainly ran through tracks from Transference and their previous album GaGaGaGaGa, mixing in a few older tracks, and ones that I wasn’t even familiar with.

It was definitely interesting to hear tracks like ‘The Ghost of you Lingers’ and ‘The Underdog’ performed live, since there are so many extras (horns, reverb etc) on the recorded versions. They were impeccable though. Despite the lack of horns on ‘The Underdog’, or the intensity of vocal overdubs on the ‘The Ghost of you Lingers’, the band found a way to make it work, proving their immense talent as musicians.

Some of their newer tracks, like ‘Is Love Forever’, ‘Trouble Comes Running’ and ‘I Saw the Light’ – tracks that may seem a little bland on the album – really came to life when performed live. Britt Daniel’s stage presence is incredibly natural and earnest. He gives off the vibe that he’s just happy that he gets to play music, never making a big deal about anything or hyping up the crowd like some artists tend to do. The other members of Spoon seem quite happy to let Daniel take the lead on thing, but also held their own throughout the set.

As it always will be with Spoon, the tracks from GaGaGaGaGa were the most popular, and made up the bulk of the set. ‘Don’t Make Me a Target’ warranted a sing a long from the crowd but the real highlights came in the encore with ‘Black Like Me’, ‘Rhythm and Soul’ and ‘Got Yr Cherry Bomb’. Spoon put on a truly fantastic show – and it’s one that I can’t stop raving about. If they ever do come back (and if they bother to play in Brisbane, you slackers) definitely go see them. You won’t regret it.

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