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Radius (LP) -- 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


The three founding members of Spoke are graduate students in English Literature at the University of Texas, making the group one of the most overeducated bands in Austin, TX.
"People tell us, 'Oh, you're English students -- it must be easy for you to come up with lyrics,'" recalls Hinojosa. "But actually, that's the slowest aspect of the songwriting process for us."
The band's literary credentials certainly surface in the songs, which frequently emphasize storytelling, and cover such diverse topics as the assassination of Lincoln, the settlement of earth by aliens, and Jehovah's disturbing predilection for burning cities to the ground.
The band's signature sound -- its mesh of aggressive piano and thick guitar lines -- gelled almost immediately, allowing Spoke to put its energies into songwriting and arranging. A showcase at the 2005 SXSW festival and a full-length LP, Radius, followed quickly.
Spoke is currently in the studio, working on a second self-produced album to be released in early 2006.