-by Tobyn Fitch-Rabbitt
Spoon, Thursday 12 February, Chevron Festival Gardens
There was no support act for seminal 00s indie rock act Spoon. In its place there were speeches by fairly important people (among them being our Premier, Colin Barnett). The fact that it was the opening night of the Perth International Arts Festival meant that Chevron Gardens was buzzing, nestled in the grass courtyard round the back of the State Museum. The beer garden was complete with guitar amps now acting as pot plants and a wall made of vinyl records (there was a Paul Kelly one up there) (surely this is some sort of crime against vinyls).
A roadie came to ask, “Are you angry? Are you ready? Welcome, Spoon!”. A delightfully offbeat welcome to the stage for the band (quite possibly their idea), which led into a highly pleasing set from them featuring songs off last year’s album, They Want My Soul including the incredibly catchy ‘Do You’ and the synth-laden groove of ‘Inside Out’. Indulging in some fan favourites such as the piano driven ‘The Way We Get By’ and the irrepressibly groovy ‘I Turn My Camera On’, frontman Britt Daniel commanded the stage with an impressive presence whilst still coming off as down to earth and likeable. Playing new song, ‘Satellite’, Spoon show they’ve still got plenty of great material in them yet. Spoon are one of the most polished live acts I’ve seen in a long while, complete with a charismatic stage presence this was a great way to kick off a promising Perth International Arts Festival.
Photo Credit: Spoon Facebook Page