Written by: Alex Green
Rob Pope is leaving Spoon.
The bassist has been with the indie rock outfit since 2006 and his work gave the Texas band a funky dose of prowl and groove.
The Kansas-born musician was in a band in the early ’90s called Kingpin with his brother and singer/guitarist Jim Suptic. After the dissolution of Kingpin, the three would go on to form The Get Up Kids.
Pope joined Spoon after playing in two other bands (Koufax and White Whale) and his first record with them was Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.
Pope also played on three more Spoon records, his last being 2017’s Hot Thoughts.
“As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band,” Pope wrote on Instagram, “Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me to leave Spoon in order to spend more time with family and personal projects.”
Pope will continue to play with the Get Up Kids, whose latest album is 2019’s Problems.
Spoon has not named who will be Pope’s replacement.