Divine Fits Explain Origins, How Secret First Show Wasn't a Secret
When Divine Fits decided to perform their first gig ever in Austin, Texas on July 31, they wanted it to be done as discretely as possible. They didn't tell their friends and they even went under a moniker, Hot Skull, in hopes of just jumping on to someone else's bill that night at the Continental Club. But, in a time where word travels as quickly as a simple tweet, by the time the supergroup of sorts -- made up of Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner and New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown -- took the stage, they were playing to a full house.
"It was our very first show of all time and we knew it would be watched and written about so we thought we'd be ahead of them," Daniel tells Spinner, on the idea of wanting to secretly get their first show over without too many attentive eyes and ears. "But the word got out. I think they built the bill around us and everybody kind of knew."
Boeckner adds that the opening band was also partially responsible because they had announced it during their set.
"We got close, though!" he says with a grin. And, for those wondering why they went with "Hot Skull"? It's because hat was an actual name they considered for the band before settling on Divine Fits.
"Hot Skull was one of the funnier ones," Daniel explains. "I wonder what [Merge Records] would do if we decided to change it all to Hot Skull now... Mac McCaughan would probably fly out and talk that one over with us."
Divine Fits was born out of Daniel and Boeckner's friendship, being mutual fans of each other's work.
"I had been thinking a little bit about what I was going to do next and I had always loved what Dan did onstage