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The Crocodile Thursday, August 30th
Thursday, August 30th
The strange thing about seeing a supergroup (or just a band that is "super," as Spoon's Britt Daniel recently called Divine Fits, his new project with Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs, in an interview with Reverb) on their first run through town is that it often means a step down for the artists in terms of venue size. If you've ever stood in a huge crowd on Pine during Capitol Hill Block Party to watch Spoon or Handsome Furs from a distance, it was undoubtedly a treat to see the charismatic frontmen of both bands up close and personal on stage together at the Croc.
Last night marked their tenth show as a band, but felt like their first "real" show, according to Boeckner. With Daniel dressed in all white playing a white bass and Boeckner clad in black, their sartorial choices created a ying-yang effect that was perfectly fitting for the slightly sinister, muscular rock songs of their Merge records debut, A Thing Called Divine Fits.
Fans of both musicians can find much to like here, with Boeckner's songs sounding like his contributions to Apologies to the Queen Mary and Daniel's like never-before-heard Spoon. Both musicians have such distinctive voices it's hard not to mentally pigeonhole them to their respective groups. And the album isn't exactly a stretch for either artist. The raspberries taste like raspberries; the snozzberries taste like snozzberries. But that's a good thing. Daniel has made it clear that this about having fun and collaborating with musicians he respects, and if a bit of Handsome Furs-style synths have found their way onto his songs, all the better.
Starting with the Daniels-penned neo-classic rock tune "Flaggin' a Ride," which wouldn't sound out of place on a Stones album, the group was joined on stage by Jessica Dobson of Deep Sea Diver, who sang on the album and last night was dubbed "the newest member of Divine Fits." Much instrument-trading occurred throughout the set, and the guys seemed relaxed and like they were having a good time. Both singers clearly fed off the energy of the crowd, repeatedly thanking the audience, who cheered especially loudly for Daniel (no surprise there-- Spoon devotees are known for putting the fanatic in fan). Highlights of the set included Boeckner's "Civilian Stripes" and "My Love Is Real," and Daniel's "Would That Not Be Nice" and the Boys Next Door cover "Shivers," whose romantic lyrics ("The sound of her name sends a permanent shiver down my spine") are enough to give anybody chills.
After crossing off most of the songs on their debut, Dobson returned near the end of the set for a cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky." The night ended when Daniel bashed a piñata into the crowd, a fun touch that also gracefully made it clear they weren't coming back for an encore. Next time, Divine Fits.