Despite the high indie market value of both Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs/Wolf Parade) and Britt Daniel (Spoon), I somehow doubt anyone was literally shaking in excitement when they heard the news in June announcing this new indie super group featuring both well-known musicians. Called Divine Fits, my preconceived notions about the band were actually not really notions at all but rather premonitions — like two cyclist teammates, Daniel and Boeckner drift carefully close to one another, never impeding the other’s progress, but never really pushing one another forward either.
The group’s debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, is a handbook for the dry, propulsive indie rock both musicians excel in creating. In other words, if you know both musicians, then you already know Divine Fits. If you happen to be one of those EDM fellows, or perhaps just a head-in-the-sand type music listener who hasn’t heard Wolf Parade or Spoon, then this is a show you can’t miss at Treasure Island.
Scratch that. Even if you’ve studied both musicians rigorously, you need to be at this show. In the forgotten era of indie rock (see: post 2009), Divine Fits are perfect — no dubstep gimmicks, no flashy lightshows, no fucking laptops, just three men on stage, pouring their emotions out with rock ‘n roll gusto. Even if the songs aren’t exactly collaborative — the musical confines of their past projects are closely followed — these guys need each other, if not for a backing band, then for moral support. Indie rock is tough. Shred that throat, that guitar, but not that reputation for clear, catchy rock music. This is a thing called Divine Fits. Don’t miss them.
Divine Fits plays the Treasure Island Music Festival on Sunday, October 14th from 6:45 – 7:30pm on the Tunnel Stage.