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Chemistry comes quickly to indie supergroup Divine Fits

Divine Fits are (from left) Britt Daniel, Sam Brown, and Dan Boeckner.
Divine Fits are (from left) Britt Daniel, Sam Brown, and Dan Boeckner.Pamela Littky

How fast did Divine Fits come together? The first post on the band’s website is from May 31, and with little fanfare it introduced the supergroup with a mysterious 45-second trailer on YouTube.

The snippet of song in the clip sounded familiar, especially to indie-rock fans. For good reason. Divine Fits includes Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and Sam Brown, who drums with the punk-rock band New Bomb Turks.

Within a few months, the trio was up and running with tour dates, appearances on late-night TV shows, attention from music blogs, and a full-length debut, “A Thing Called Divine Fits,” released by Merge Records in August.


Daniel recently talked to the Globe just before heading out on a tour that brings Divine Fits to Royale on Wednesday.

Q. Did this all happen as suddenly as it seems?

A. It was being put together for a while. It was February of last year when I talked to Dan on the phone and he mentioned that Wolf Parade was winding down, and I said, “Well, we need to start a band.”

Q. Why was that your gut reaction?

A. Mostly it’s just because I thought he was a 17-karat gold rock ’n’ roller. He was the best, and I liked him personally. His voice is so great, and I love what he’s like on stage. I thought it would be fun. I knew it would be a different situation where I’m not writing all the songs, I’m not singing all the songs, but I still get to do some. It appealed to me.

Q. And how did he take your invitation?

A. He said, “Yeah!” We couldn’t get together ’till November because he was touring with Handsome Furs. But once we got together, it came together fast.


Q. How did Sam get roped in?

A. I did some demos last summer, and I recorded them with Mike McCarthy, who’s the long-running coproducer of Spoon albums. Mike suggested bringing Sam in. He worked real well, I liked him a lot, we got along, and he was super chill. We had to run through a song once or twice before it felt good. I asked him if he wanted to come out when Dan came out.

Q. How did you know you’d be compatible to work with them as a band?

A. The most important thing was how we’d get along personally, and I knew already that we had a good match. I just figured it would work. When I watched Dan on stage, I thought, “That’s the kind of band I’d like to be in.”

Q. Did you keep this band under wraps?

A. Yeah, that’s true. I didn’t really shout it out. That’s just my tendency not to talk about things unless I know they’re going to work out. What if it’s terrible? And we all have acquaintances who talk a lot about things they’re going to do, and then they don’t happen. I never wanted to be one of those guys.

Q. What were the early Divine Fits rehearsals like?

A. The first song we tried didn’t work so good. It was one that Sam and I had worked on, and I thought it would be a no-brainer. There were good things about the song, but it had holes in it. Then we moved on to “Flaggin’ a Ride,” and then everything felt good.


Q. How would you describe the chemistry you guys have?

A. I don’t know. It’s a good energy. We got good banter. It’s hot-blooded.

Q. I know you can’t speak for Dan and Sam, but from a creative perspective, where were you with Spoon when you started Divine Fits?

A. Spoon had put out a record [“Transference”] in January of 2010, and we toured it for a whole year. We had just about finished that up when I talked to Dan about this. I had a good year with Spoon, but I thought it would be cool to try some different experiences. I’ll go do another Spoon record after this.

Q. Do you get that a lot, fans worrying that Spoon is finished?

A. Yeah. Unless people are blown away and feel like they’re seeing something novel and amazing, I feel like people kind of want it to be not successful. Fortunately for us, we’ve got a great record and a great live show.

Q. What do you accomplish or conjure with this band that you haven’t with other projects?

A. We made the record fast, which was cool. Just by the nature of the fact that there are two songwriters in the band, it was a lot more collaborative. There were songs where I wrote the music, and Dan sang on top, and other songs that we wrote as a jam.


Q. Do you chafe at the assertion that Divine Fits is a supergroup?

A. I guess I get what they mean. We’ve all been in bands before.

Q. Do you have a favorite supergroup?

A. Maybe Los Super Seven.

Q. You have a pair of New Year’s Eve shows coming up with the Black Keys. Tell the truth: Who parties harder, you guys or the Keys?

A. I don’t know, but we will soon find out. We’ll see who’s the last band standing.

James Reed can be reached at jreed@globe.com.