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Divine Fits
the supergroup. all ages. $25.


9pm: DIVINE FITS! featuring Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks! w/ COLD CAVE!

November 3, 2012

ALL AGES! / $25 tickets available at and P&H 760 365 5956

For starters, the "supergroup" concept is usually a very bad idea.

Arcadia, Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve, the Miami Heat*, 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 Phillip 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, Austin, TX, June 22

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