Driven by the greats
AC/DC inspired Divine Fits on their debut, writes
WHEN Divine Fits entered the studio to record their debut A Thing Called Divine Fits, they immersed themselves with the bombast sounds of AC/DC.
The American and Canadian supergroup – comprising Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (The Sun, New Bomb Turks) – flogged Acca Dacca.
‘‘They have the most infectious of sounds,’’ says Boeckner.
‘‘I was playing it every day when we were driving to the studio and we watched all the AC/DC concert footage. It’s genius – on surface the sound is simple, but it’s incredibly well-crafted.
‘‘You always know when it’s AC/ DC. It’s always the same and always good. It’s a dream to have the same level of consistency.’’
Influenced by the band’s ‘‘no fancy bullshit’’ attitude towards music, Boeckner says AC/DC inspired them to keep on track and make a solid record.
‘‘You don’t need all the trimmings to be good. You need a good guitar and a guy who can really sing,’’ he says.
Divine Fits formed last year, mashing catchy guitar riffs and reverbing falsetto vocals to create
Divine Fits Britt Daniel, Sam Brown and Dan Boeckner. memorable tunes which could only be the lovechild of Daniel and Boeckner. Both accomplished songwriters, Daniel and Boeckner take turns on lead vocals.
The pair never nutted out how Divine Fits should sound, but Boeckner says making unique music was always a priority.
‘‘We tend to gravitate towards musicians who make their own sounds, bands like Animal Collective, The Strokes, Factory Floor and Radiohead,’’ he says.
‘‘We set out to become our own genre. If you start a band with an idea of who or what you want to sound like, then you are screwed.’’
Boeckner says Divine Fits are writing new tracks on a daily basis.
‘‘Right now, the whole band is in the garage. We are banging out some new songs,’’ he says. ‘‘The vibe is loud and aggressive and that’s making me happy. Our next record will be a refined version of what we are worrking on. It’s going to be more involved.’’
Divine Fits, Bat For Lashe and more play Laneway Festival, Brisbane, tomorrow.