A Good Fit
Concerts & Clubs / Back in our 2012 Fall Arts issue on the topic of why it’s so hard to get mainland groups to play in Hawaii, promoter Philip Pendleton of BAMP Project said, “A band like Spoon can sell 3,000 tickets on the mainland, but we would be lucky to sell 300 here. Not sure if it’s a lack of [public] knowledge or just apathy” (“Music: Da Skinny on ND,” Sept. 19, 2012). It looks like BAMP’s giving it a shot, sort of, with rhythmic rock supergroup Divine Fits, made up of Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks.
“I think I’m the one who said, ‘Why don’t we play in Honolulu on the way home [from Australia]?’” says drummer Brown. The trip will make Hawaii the 50th state he’s visited. “I was kind of kidding.”
With their hit debut album A Thing Called Divine Fits, it wasn’t hard for the year-old band to gain momentum. “Having someone like Britt in the band helps,” Brown laughs, but adds that side projects are just as beneficial to musicians as to fans. “Twenty years ago, people weren’t in multiple bands. They were in it to win it. You’re not properly applying yourself if you’re not in more than one band these days.”