For the record, we’re not using the “s-word.”
The first thing you think of when you hear A Thing Called Divine Fits won’t be AC/DC. The spare, mellow indie rock on the album is a far cry from the Brothers Young and their Aussie bombast. And yet, as Dan Boeckner tells us over the phone, it was that bombast which inspired his new band’s debut.
“It’s really difficult to write a great pop song that has that little going on, musically, in it.”
And for the record,
we’re not using the “s-word.”
“The supergroup thing … I saw it pop up the first time anybody mentioned the band,” says Boeckner, “and then every other review or mention of the band had the word ‘supergroup’ in it, as if the person writing that article … that concept had just occurred to them somehow!”
Besides, Divine Fits aren’t looking to rest on their collective laurels. “I would like to believe that, when I write something, people who are into [my other projects] are going to follow with me,” says Boeckner. But, as he admitted, “when you start thinking of an imaginary audience, and whether they would like or not like a chord change or a synthesizer tone that you’re putting in there, then your song is compromised.”
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