the supergroup. all ages. $25.
Event tags: Pappy's, Music, Concert, Divine Fits, Pappy And Harriet's. Pioneertown
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 ticketweb.com 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
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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