Jenny McLaren (vocals) and Ricardo Autobahn (synthesizers) are inimitable pop duo Spray, and they follow up May 2020’s Offerings From The Algorithm EP with a visit down memory lane as they reboot 2010’s Everything’s Better with Muppets to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The digital EP will feature both the 2010 remaster and 2020 versions of the title track, as well as the Moroder meets Muppets gem that is Trance Kermit Express. Everything’s Better with Muppets is also a live favourite of the band and their fans, so naturally, the EP also includes a live version of the track. The band spoke more about the remaster and their plans for 2020.
TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to the remaster of Everything is Better with Muppets?
We originally put the single out in 2010 with the video culled together from episodes of the Muppet Show, edited so they were lip-synching to the song. We hoped it would become a viral sensation but, despite across-the-board thumbs ups and getting us quite a bit of airplay around the world it never quite took off as some of our other oddball YouTube videos did (see also: The Golden Age Of Video by Ricardo Autobahn). Anyway, it’s a popular track, popular when we do it live, so we decided to celebrate the 10th Anniversary by bringing it up to date, and it appears to be universally beloved.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
Avant-garde novelty disco record with long words in it.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
We started – but never quite got around to finishing – a new album during the first lockdown. In January we’d bought a bunch of new synths to tour with but as everything got cancelled they were just gathering dust so we thought we’d record stuff using just our new gear and nothing else, like a sort of concept album.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Oh we love going everywhere. It’s always fun. We’d booked a few unusual places we’d never been before for a mini November tour before the pandemic set in – South Wales, Brighton etc – so we’re hoping to get to those next year. It’s all well and good playing to your own crowd but going somewhere you’ve never been and winning people round is much more interesting.