Texas-based independent rock outfit Spoon will issue a seven-song EP, "The Way We Get By," Aug. 8 through Matador head Gerard Cosloy's U.K.-based label, 12XU Records.
Texas-based independent rock outfit Spoon will issue a seven-song EP, "The Way We Get By," Aug. 8 through Matador head Gerard Cosloy's U.K.-based label, 12XU Records. Beyond the title track (culled from the band's 2002 Merge album "Kill the Moonlight"), the disc will house six previously unreleased radio performances. A domestic release through Merge isn't likely, according to a label spokesperson.
"I don't think the EP will be coming out in the States," Spoon frontman Britt Daniel affirms to Billboard.com. "Of the radio performances, some of them are me solo -- like 'Metal Detector,' 'I Am the Key,' and 'Advance Cassette' -- and the rest are with the full band. The songs were done over the past two years at Music Choice in London and WNYU and WFMU in New York."
The complete track listing for "The Way We Get By" has yet to be announced, but Cosloy says the EP will house what he would describe only as "other bits." A post on the official 12XU site adds, "In light of CD singles being a brutal rip-off, the title will include some special features -- none of which we can confirm yet as we're awaiting approval from the Brutality Commission."
In other Spoon news, Daniel recently wrapped production duties on an EP by the Austin, Texas-based outfit I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, slated for summer release on Emperor Jones Records. Spoon is expected to tour the West Coast in July.
"Kill the Moonlight" debuted at No. 23 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 24 on the Heatseekers tally. It has sold 47,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.