Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

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:

STEREOGUM: Given all of you guys’ past bands, there must be a certain weight of expectation about this band. Has that been weird to contend with?

BOECKNER: Well, I don’t think any of us are naïve about that. People are going to listen to this record with a certain amount of expectation, and people project their own hopes and disappointments onto what they are hearing. I’ve tried not to think about it too much, but the fact that people are recording our shows and putting them online is, I think, actually a good thing. People will undoubtedly see elements of Spoon or Handsome Furs in what we do, but I hope that people will see the videos of us performing live and come to realize that this band is really it’s own thing.

Today, you can hear the full A Thing Called Divine Fits at NPR. It’s out 8/28 on Merge.

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  1. This is a pretty excellent record. It sounds, unsurprisingly, like Spoon with more synths (cue Denny Green shouting, “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!”). This isn’t a bad thing; what’s important is that the songs are well-crafted and strong across the board, except maybe “Neopoiltans,” which seems kind of pointless. “Baby Get Worse” and the “Shivers” cover both stand out to me at this point. Solid.

  2. It’s good but listening to the Britt Daniel sung tracks only make want a full album of Spoon-like tracks. This album never really rises above the distinct styles of the members and their respective other bands..

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