There’s a new arrival on the scene in the shape of Divine Fits. Comprised of Spoon’s Britt Daniels, Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner, and Sam Brown of the legendary garage punk band New Bomb Turks, they formed when their respective bands took some downtime. They played a surprise debut at a show in Austin, TX, and haven’t looked back. Their resulting debut, A Thing Called Divine Fits sounds as if Calvin Harris rewrote ‘London Calling”, a brash take on dance music with underlying political statements.
My first reaction, upon hearing my next album review, was “Jesus, not another supergroup”. Then I pressed play. Right away, A Thing Called Divine Fits gets you interested with a synth beat that you can see the Jersey Shore monkeys pumping their fists to. The listener can tell immediately that this isn’t just another supergroup. Would That Not Be Nice has a groovy bassline, and an interminably long middle section (you’ll know what I mean) that you welcome the following guitar with open arms. “For Your Heart” is pleading, and manages to be fragile amidst the frantic music. Their take on Nick Cave’s first band The Boys Next Door, “Shiver”, is the modern day ballad you hope it will be, right down the tenacity in the guitar solo. “What Gets You Alone” is fast and frenetic, definite influence from the 90s.
This album sounded like a lot of fun to create, based on the energy they deliver. “A Thing Called Divine Fits” has brought the spotlight to the trio. It’ll be interesting to see what’s next in their story.