Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits on LP + Download
Featuring Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks!
Divine Fits, the band comprised of Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and the New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown, has confirmed that its debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, will be released via Merge Records. A Thing Called Divine Fits was recorded from March-May of 2012 in a backyard studio in Los Angeles, CA. The band co-produced the album with Nick Launay and it clocks in at about 42-and-a-half minutes long. Roughly half the tracks are lead-sung by Dan and half by Britt while Alex Fischel plays keyboards like a madman throughout. Over the course of A Thing Called Divine Fits' 11 songs it covers such topics as the death of true love, hitchhiking, cocoa butter, emotional distance, what happens when the curtain drops, and Minneapolis, MN.
"For starters, the "supergroup" concept is usually a very bad idea. Arcadia, Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve, Junkyard. Sure, they all look great on paper, but the results are usually disappointing. So with that history firmly in mind, I'll admit I was intrigued when the good folks at Nasty Little Man offered me $30 for my thoughts concerning Divine Fits, a trio comprising Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner, and Sam Brown of Columbus, OH's New Bomb Turks. The Turks I'm familiar with, the other two fellas, much less so (though I'm told they've earned a fair bit of praise in secular music circles).
As such, it's hard for me to offer an informed opinion on how much their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, does or doesn't resemble their prior projects, but I hope we can agree that would be a flimsy excuse for musical analysis. Great artists aren't content with staying in one place. Would Philip Seymour Hoffman routinely play brooding, lumpy characters with questionable social skills? Would some percentage of those parts be offered to Paul Giamatti if Hoffman was unavailable and/or the timing wasn't right? Seriously, how incredibly cynical would it be to interrogate a collection of 11 songs rather than simply listen to it?
Of course there are echoes of what these guys have done before. But I'm here to praise the trio and producer Nick Launay, not bury them (though you'd have to admit, that would be a rather unique approach for a press release); A Thing Called Divine Fits crackles with the sort of daring and electricity few of their contemporaries can muster. There's tremendous songcraft to spare (the Joe Meek-on-PEDs "Would That Not Be Nice" is so good; had that been the first MP3, Nasty Little Man wouldn't have needed to resort to Kickstarter to raise my $30), but there's also a keen confidence shining through that you'd usually mistake for a totally new band. Which, I suppose, is exactly what these guys are. And if we're really lucky, they'll make this a regular thing." - Gerard Cosloy/Merge
Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits Track Listing:
1. My Love Is Real
2. Flaggin a Ride
3. What Gets You Alone
4. Would That Not Be Nice
5. The Salton Sea
6. Baby Get Worse
7. Civilian Stripes
8. For Your Heart
10. Like Ice Cream