Spiral Stairs (Pavement’s Scott Kannberg) has announced a European tour this September. Kannberg said, “I’m super excited to come back again and play all my new songs and the old family favorites. Looking forward to the pies and the bitter.”
For Kannberg’s third solo album, he concocted some of the most fun and accessible music of his storied career by expanding his musical repertoire, in the process embracing some sounds and artists which for some reason or other slipped through the cracks as he took alternative rock to the world during his action-packed youth.
“To me We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized feels like the records I’ve been listening to and the records I’ve been digging and aspire to sound like,” Spiral offers. “In my early-twenties I felt like I knew everything – I always knew about new bands before everyone else – but that kind of closed off a lot of bands that I didn’t give much credence to, and now I’m a bit older and it’s, like, ‘Wow, how did I miss that?’
“I’m talking things like the first two Nick Lowe records – I’m fucking obsessed by that shit, they’re beautiful, beautiful songs on those records. Then he led me to this guy Jim Ford who’s like a weird country-soul singer, he’s so good. And I’ve really got into Van Morrison way deeper than I’ve ever got into Van Morrison before.
Reuniting the bulk of the dream team who assisted him on his previous album, Doris & The Daggers (2017) – bassist Matthew Harris (Oranger, The Posies), multi-instrumentalist Tim Regan (Snowglobe, Oh No Oh My) and good friend Kelley Stoltz, as well as former touring Preston School Of Industry drummer Jim Lindsay.
We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized is fun, infectious and musically compelling, while still managing to cover some hefty topics like the current rambunctious political climate and the devastating loss of loved ones, augmented by some tales inspired by various pop culture sources. It’s the best of all that’s come before combined with a newfound wisdom and appreciation of the classics, aided by some beautiful embellishments courtesy the skilled musicians at his disposal.
See them perform at the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds on September 23rd.