One of the most anticipated and unexpected releases of the year comes from Divine Fits, an indie rock supergroup formed around Handsome Furs figurehead Dan Boeckner, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Sam Brown. Previously, we’ve heard a pair of Divine Fits joints called “Would That Not Be Nice” and “My Love Is Real” that seemed to live up to expectations, Last week, we chatted with Boeckner about the record for Progress Report. Here’s Dan:
Name: Divine Fits Progress Report: Dan Boeckner talks about the origins of Divine Fits and the making of the band’s soon-to-be-released debut album…
While they aren’t exactly a supergroup in the way that, say, the Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup, there’s no denying that Divine Fits have a pretty excellent pedigree. The trio of Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) will release A Thing Called Divine Fits at the end of this month and will spend the next year or so of their lives touring around the world. I called up Dan Boeckner to chat about how the group came together and how the Fits stack up against his previous musical endeavors.
We’ve already heard a bunch of news about Divine Fits, the new group that Spoon frontman Britt Daniel has formed alongside Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs co-leader Dan Boeckner and the New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown. And now Daniel says that he’s recording with yet another group. This one is called Spl:t S:ngle, and its other members are Telekinesis/Verbow bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster.
The term “supergroup” tends to be overused these days but a band made up of members from Spoon, Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks can certainly be dubbed a supergroup for fans of indie music. Essentially all that title means is that the members come from excellent bands so, together, they must be super!
Spoon’s Britt Daniel has an unmistakable swagger in everything he does. Not only is his voice immediately recognizable, but also his confidence. I pretty much love everything he does.
The band is called Divine Fits and they played one of their first live shows last night in Austin, TX and just announced a show in Los Angeles for August 14 at the Bootleg Theatre that sold out immediately. (The day before the show you’ll be able to grab the song above as a free download as Today’s Top Tune!)
The album will be called “A Thing Called Divine Fits” and will be out on Merge Records on August 28.
Of the Austin club Beerland’s many redeeming features, the restroom decor stands supreme. Instead of the usual wallpaper of stickers for never-were bands, hundreds of tags and scrawls (“proof of no god: shit and teeth”) surround vintage liquor ads.
Divine Fits, of course, have a leg up on the sticker set. They’ve got an album in the can and one 7″ in the marketplace, but the pedigree (New Bomb Turks, Papa, Spoon, Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) would ensure a packed house anywhere, let alone in Britt Daniel’s hometown. The quartet assembled in Beerland last night for an intimate second show — their first without subterfuge — and their heritage served them well: The packed club got 12 tight rock ‘n’ roll tunes, knocked out without fuss.