DIVINE FITS, Cold Cave

Sat Nov 3 2012

9:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

53688 Pioneertown Road Pioneertown, CA 92268

All Ages

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A couple of years ago, Britt Daniel attended a Handsome Furs show and struck up a conversation with the band's co-leader, Dan Boeckner. He half-joked that the two should start their own band, which shouldn't be surprising. If you squinted, you'd swear that "Modern World", most indie fans' first taste of Boeckner via Wolf Parade's 2005 debut, could've been a Daniel performance. Five years later, on "Written in Reverse" and "Got Nuffin", Daniel tried on a ragged, blues-derived yowl that seemed pulled straight from Boeckner's own boozy playbook. The comparisons go on: Both frontmen are masculine but not macho. Both can sell lyrics like, "When you believe, they call it rock'n'roll," and, "it was a torch driving the savages back to the trees," with utter sincerity and no trace of cheese. When Boeckner found himself without a band after the Furs' 2011 dissolution, it only seemed right to join forces. From March to May of this year, the two decamped in a Los Angeles recording studio with New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown, keyboardist Alex Fischel, and producer Nick Launay to knock out A Thing Called Divine Fits.

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  • DIVINE FITS

    DIVINE FITS

    Alternative Rock

    For starters, the "supergroup" concept is usually a very bad idea. Arcadia, Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve, the Miami Heat*, Junkyard. Sure, they all look great on paper, but the results are usually disappointing. So with that history firmly in mind, I'll admit I was intrigued when the good folks at Nasty Little Man offered me $30 for my thoughts concerning Divine Fits, a trio comprising Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown of Columbus, OH's New Bomb Turks. The Turks I'm familiar with, the other two fellas, much less so (though I'm told they've earned a fair bit of praise in secular music circles.)

    As such, it's hard for me to offer an informed opinion on how much their debut album, 'A Thing Called Divine Fits' does or doesn't resemble their prior projects, but I hope we can agree that would be a flimsy excuse for musical analysis. Great artists aren't content with staying in one place. Would Phillip Seymour Hoffman routinely play brooding, lumpy characters with questionable social skills? Would some percentage of those parts be offered to Paul Giamatti if Hoffman was unavailable and/or the timing wasn't right? Seriously, how incredibly cynical would it be to interrogate a collection of 11 songs rather than simply listen to it?

    OF COURSE there are echoes of what these guys have done before. But I'm here to praise the trio and producer Nick Launay, not bury them (though you'd have to admit, that would be a rather unique approach for a press release); 'A Thing Called Divine Fits' crackles with the sort of daring and electricity few of their contemporaries can muster. There's tremendous songcraft to spare (the Joe Meek-on-PEDs "Would That Not Be Nice" is so good, had that been the first MP3, Nasty Little Man wouldn't have needed to resort to Kickstarter to raise my $30), but there's also a keen confidence shining through that you'd usually mistake for a totally new band. Which, I suppose, is exactly what these guys are. And if we're really lucky, they'll make this a regular thing.

    Gerard Cosloy, Austin, TX, June 22

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    Cold Cave

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    Cold Cave's collage of darkwave, noise, and synth pop is the project of Wes Eisold, formerly the singer for hardcore bands Some Girls and Give Up the Ghost and also of the more electronically inclined XO Skeletons and Ye Olde Maids. Eisold began moving away from hardcore in an attempt to make music entirely by himself; unable to play guitar, he began playing with vintage synths and effects pedals, crafting songs that ranged from harsh to romantic (often within the same track). Eisold released Cold Cave's debut album, the demo collection Coma Potion, in 2008 via his own publisher/label Heartworm Press as a limited edition of 100 copies. Later that year he issued a pair of EPs, The Trees Grew Emotions and Died on Dais and Painted Nails on Hospital. Cold Cave was even more prolific in 2009, with the project's first official full-length, Love Comes Close, arriving along with the singles Etsel & Ruby and The Laurels of Erotomania, the limited-edition cassettes Electronic Dreams and Stars Explode, and the collection Cremations. Cold Cave also played that year's No Fun Festival with a lineup that included former Xiu Xiu member Caralee McElroy, Prurient's Dominick Fernow, and Heartworm Press co-runner Max G. Morton. Along with his bands and label/publishing house, Eisold also runs the bookstore and art space Juanita & Juan's. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

Pappy & Harriet's

DIVINE FITS featuring Cold Cave

Sat Nov 3 2012 9:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown CA
DIVINE FITS, Cold Cave
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All Ages

A couple of years ago, Britt Daniel attended a Handsome Furs show and struck up a conversation with the band's co-leader, Dan Boeckner. He half-joked that the two should start their own band, which shouldn't be surprising. If you squinted, you'd swear that "Modern World", most indie fans' first taste of Boeckner via Wolf Parade's 2005 debut, could've been a Daniel performance. Five years later, on "Written in Reverse" and "Got Nuffin", Daniel tried on a ragged, blues-derived yowl that seemed pulled straight from Boeckner's own boozy playbook. The comparisons go on: Both frontmen are masculine but not macho. Both can sell lyrics like, "When you believe, they call it rock'n'roll," and, "it was a torch driving the savages back to the trees," with utter sincerity and no trace of cheese. When Boeckner found himself without a band after the Furs' 2011 dissolution, it only seemed right to join forces. From March to May of this year, the two decamped in a Los Angeles recording studio with New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown, keyboardist Alex Fischel, and producer Nick Launay to knock out A Thing Called Divine Fits.