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Spoon Enjoying "Slow And Gradual Climb"

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Spoon hit a career high in January when the Austin, Texas, modern rockers’ seventh album, “Transference,” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 — which drummer and co-founder Jim Eno says is gratifying.

“For us, it’s sort of been a slow and gradual climb,” explains Eno. “No one came to see us from 1995 to 2001. After 2001 it has felt like a slow, gradual increase in fans. It’s great because it hasn’t been a case where there’s been a radio hit or anything like that — just a lot of word of mouth.

“We notice every time we go back to a city that we’re playing in a little bigger of a venue, so that’s cool. It’s been very nice.”

“Transference” also marks a kind of creative watershed for Eno and company. After four albums working with producer and fellow Austinite Mike McCarthy, Eno and frontman Britt Daniel, who served as co-producers on all of those titles, decided to go it alone this time out.

Nevertheless, the drummer notes that “it wasn’t a big stretch ’cause we’ve both been very involved with the recording and production of every Spoon record since (2001’s) ‘Girls Can Tell.’” And he adds that he and Daniel don’t necessarily plan to helm future recordings themselves.

“I think we’ll definitely try working with other people again,” the drummer notes. “Once we start getting some songs together, we’ll definitely try different people and see how it works. This definitely doesn’t mean we’re doing it alone from now on.”

Spoon, Deerhunter and the Strange Boys perform Tuesday, March 30, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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