October was odd, completely booked with concerts (Six for me), work like there is no tomorrow and radically exciting things going on in my life. … I could barely catch up with all to the point that the cancellation of The xx gig at Union Transfer on October 29 due to Sandy felt not just like the right thing to do, but ironically like a relief…
There is, however, at least one concert for sure that I wanted to write about. Divine Fits played the Union Transfer on a beautiful Monday night (October 22, 2012). The project led equally by Britt Daniel (Spoon) and Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) through amazing collaborations with keyboards and drums geniuses Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) and Alex Fischel develops into a more complex, stronger and cohesive band, which in my opinion surpasses the level of their previous projects. Divine Fits creates simple straight forward rock and electronic music that becomes hard not to like. Their live performance is evidently natural and depicts no sign of musical egos clashing as traditionally seen in collaborations from well established musicians.
The band played most of their amazing “A Thing Called Divine Fits” plus a couple of covers including a great version of Tom Petty’s “You got Lucky”, and of course “Shivers” the Rowland S. Hower cover included in their album.
I leave you with the setlist plus a couple of vids of the night including “My Love is Real” and “Shivers” that was selected by the band to complete in a magnificent way their 14 piece show.
Some people say Divine Fits is a “super group” whatever that means…well, they are.
Divine Fits –October 22, 2012
Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
- Flaggin a Ride
- Baby Get Worse
- The Salton Sea
- What Gets You Alone
- Would That Not Be Nice
- Civilian Stripes
- Lost (Frank Ocean cover)
- My Love is Real
- Like Ice Cream
- For Your Heart
- You Got Lucky (Tom Petty cover)
- Doom Town (Wipers cover)
- Shivers (Rowland S. Howard cover)
My Love is Real
Shivers (Rowland S. Howard cover)