It’s no secret that supergroups can be better on paper than in practice. But while recent rock ’n’ roll history is littered with bad examples — Chickenfoot, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Mister Heavenly — there have been groups worthy of that “super” prefix. It’s just not yet clear if Divine Fits is one of them.
Featuring Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), the band has made its hello via a newly released 7-inch, ahead of debut full-length A Thing Called Divine Fits. For better or worse, the mini-release shows two very different sides to the project: the Daniel side and, well, the Boeckner side.
A-side “My Love is Real” is a Boeckner song to the bone, all dramatic vocals, churchy synth work and detached cool. If this was passed off as a Handsome Furs track, no one would have batted an eye. Sure, Boeckner’s vocals are a little less over-the-top, with more atmospheric touches and a welcome smoothness (no doubt thanks to Daniel), but it hardly sees the Canadian taking his songcraft in any new directions.
As for the guitar-fuelled, Daniel-led B-side, “I Was Born in a Laundromat,” again, you’d probably think this was Spoon leftovers — or at least you would if you didn’t recognize it as a pretty straight-up Camper Van Beethoven cover.
While the jury is still out on Divine Fits, this single hardly bodes well for their debut album. For fans’ sake, here’s hoping A Thing Called Divine Fits proves us wrong.