Listen to Sweet Spirit + Britt Daniel Cover Spoon’s ‘Paper Tiger’
While Austin-based rockers Sweet Spirit suit up to head out as support for Spoon's upcoming western tour dates, the band has unveiled a collaborative 7" created in partnership with Britt Daniel. They've unveiled their reinterpreted cover of Spoon's classic track "Paper Tiger," and you can listen to the cover, which features Daniel (the song's original songwriter) on vocals, below.
The 7" was produced by Mike McCarthy of Spoon and Heartless Bastards, and the original song appears on Spoon's 2002 release, Kill the Moonlight. Sweet Spirit have already shared the single's lead track, "Have Mercy."
Speaking about the cover, Sweet Spirit's Sabrina Ellis told SPIN, "[It's] a song that we’ve always wanted to cover. Andrew [Cashen, co-leader] was attracted to the beautiful melody. He kept talking about giving it the Amy Winehouse beat, Winehouse with the Dap Kings. We learned the song and began incorporating it into our set. One night we had an early show at Hotel Vegas. Britt Daniel happened to be in the audience and we asked him onstage to sing with us. That’s when we whipped out this coked up version of 'Paper Tiger.' I don’t know who was more surprised, Britt or the 30 people at the bar."
Earlier this year, Sweet Spirit released their debut self-titled EP via Nine Mile Records, with their McCarthy-produced debut LP due out later this summer. You can stay up-to-date with the band and check out all of their upcoming dates with Spoon via their official website.