At ALT_ESC Radio. we love classic alternative rock from the 80s and 90s, and we feel like that was the best era of the genre. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing good about modern alternative rock. There’s still great music being made all the time and we don’t want to just completely ignore that! So we’ll occasionally do these blog posts called “Future Classics” where we feature a new song that we thing will someday be considered a “classic” alternative rock song.
The first song we’re featuring is the awesome new single from Texas band Spoon called “The Hardest Cut”.
Spoon formed in 1993 in Austin, TX by singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno. They released their first EP, Nefarious, in 1994 and were signed by Matador records the next year. In the spring of 1996, the band released their debut full-length album, Telephono, and signed with Elektra records in 1998, with their major-label debut, A Series of Sneaks coming out that same year. They’ve continued consistently releasing new music since then, including stand-out singles like “The Underdog” and “Don’t You Evah” from their 2007 album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and “Do You” from 2014’s They Want My Soul.
Their tenth album, Lucifer on the Sofa, releases on February 11th, 2022, and was described by Britt Daniel as “…the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.” The first single from the album is “The Hardest Cut”, and it’s noticeably rockier than much of Spoon’s previous offerings. Check it out below.