LIVE REVIEW: Divine Fits + Daughn Gibson @ The Echo, LA 9/4/12
Have you heard of Divine Fits? They’re the new supergroup band made up of Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks). They concluded a string of local dates with a sold-out show at The Echo.
Upon entering The Echo we were expecting a full house, especially considering that this is a small venue. To our surprise we entered to a half empty room with electronica artist Daughn Gibson already on stage. Daughn Gibson provided an entertaining set of piano/synthesizer tones over some bass heavy beats. The way he used sound clips added a very random feel to his music.
The room quickly begin to feel as the stage was being set for the Divine Fits. The anticipation was building amongst the evening’s attendees. Conversation could be overheard detailing their experience of the Divine Fits at their previous local shows. The band wasted no time with an introduction and jumped right into their first song “Flaggin’ A Ride.”
From that point on everyone’s eyes were glued to the stage. The band demands the observers’ full attention and one can’t help but feel overwhelmed at first. Their presence creates an almost surreal feel as if you’re stuck in the best rock music video ever created. They suffered a minor technical problem before beginning of their second song “Baby Got Worse.”
In this song, Dan Boeckner takes over on vocal duties, he adds the same kind of dynamic as Britt did on the previous song. Throughout their set, Britt and Dan could be seen switching from guitar to bass numerous times. The chemistry between those two is undeniable. They both feed off of each other’s energy and both add a spastic/jazz-like approach to playing their instruments.
That approach is also included in Sam Brown’s drumming ability. He included different percussion instruments into his drumming, even using a maraca as a drum stick. The band thanked Los Angeles for the great support they have shown at all the shows. “What Gets You Alone” with its fast paced tempo was magnified with the stage erupting into an array of fluorescent lights.
The band joked toward the end of their set saying, “We’ve just about played every song we know.” That being because they just released their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, the previous week. At the conclusion of the show, various fans could be heard talking about the performance they just witnessed. And we couldnt help but do the same.
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