Driven by the greats

AC/DC in­spired Di­vine Fits on their de­but, writes

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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.

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