Shall we Spoon?
They? After a decade of living as a trans man, Spoon noted a preference for the pronoun “they” in 2012 during an interview with cartoonist Elisha Lim, a fellow advocate for the gender-neutral pronoun. They explained to Now Magazine: “After years of fighting to be called ‘he’, the idea of coming out again made me tired. But now I feel kind of rejuvenated, ready to fight on some more. I think the ‘they’ pronoun is a pretty cool thing. It’s letting a lot of people not have to identify as a man or a woman. Whatever it means to them.” They have released nine solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronica including 2018’s ‘bodiesofwater’, which featured infectious arrangements of drums, ambient violin, synths and bass guitar which carried listeners through ten new songs highlighted by Spoon’s characteristic layered songwriting. Support will come from respectfulchild, the solo instrumental project of Gan from Saskatoon on Treaty 6 Territory. The music is both “electronic” in nature while being acoustically created, building experimental ambient soundscapes through slow progressions of meticulous improvisation. Sounds right up your street.
Rae Spoon + respectfulchild, Thursday 31 January, Star & Shadow, Warwick Street, Newcastle, 8pm, £6/£5. starandshadow.org.uk