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FischerSpooner’s Next Act


The first time Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner performed together live, in 1998, their venue was a Starbucks. In the years since, the duo’s career as FischerSpooner has taken them to rather more exalted halls—the Centre Pompidou in Paris, for example, and the stage of the BBC’s Top of the Pops. For a while, FischerSpooner seemed to have a special kind of superstardom in its grasp. The band notched a hit single (“Emerge”), fomented a scene (electroclash), and got Capitol Records to sign off on their diffident, frontally pretentious, synth-driven songs. It was all very unlikely, to say the least. FischerSpooner’s biggest fans were artists and its shows played like avant-garde theater. And yet by the time their 2005 LP Odyssey rolled around, Fischer and Spooner were in the studio with Linda Perry, the woman who wrote the Christina Aguilera tune “Beautiful” (and more ignominiously, introduced the world to James Blunt). And then: silence. “It was almost like we were starting over,” says Casey Spooner of his and Fischer’s approach to their new record Entertainment, which they are releasing on their own label next month. “We’d gone through it all, from nothing to an international record label, and I guess I’d say that the experience gave us a renewed enthusiasm for doing things on our own. Not,” he adds, “that we’re in exactly the same position as when we began. We do have a larger audience now.” This evening, FischerSpooner ends its lengthy hiatus with the first of three shows at the Performing Garage in New York City. Here, Spooner talks to about partying down, packing up, and Gareth Pugh.

Help me out here. Entertainment is the kind of album I always hated to review, back when I was doing that, because it’s almost impossible to pinpoint the thing that makes it signally different from the band’s other material. The difference is there, it’s just hard to extract. So, you tell me: What makes Entertainment new, for you?
Well, let’s see…We’ve definitely gone back to a more electronic sound, with this record. And this was the first time we’ve worked with one producer from start to finish, which automatically gives the material a different energy. I don’t know, I just think there’s more of a fun spirit. I had more fun, making the thing—our producer was Jeff Saltzman, who’s also worked with bands like the Sounds and the Killers, and maybe because of his rock background, he guided my vocal performances in a new way.
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