When I recently spoke with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel about Divine Fits, his new band co-fronted by Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs songsmith Dan Boeckner, he mentioned that "Would That Not Be Nice," off their oh-so-excellent debut A Thing Called Divine Fits, was his fave track to play live.
It's a stomping, lock-step rhythmic tune—that just seethes Spoon energy—with rusty-razor guitar licks, a groovy bass line and Daniel's throaty hollers. I agree with Stereogum, which just premiered the track's new music video: "Would That Not Be Nice" is "quietly proving to be one of 2012′s greatest, most enduring rock songs." It is. It's that good. No wonder Daniel loves to play it live. In the new clip, Daniel, Boeckner and drummer Sam Brown, formerly of New Bomb Turks, stomp through the tune, one of (if not the) best track off A Thing Called Divine Fits. Edited in are flourishes of shadowy psychedelic images and even some skulls. Watch above.
The rest of my aforementioned chat with Daniel shed some light on his new project, and what it offers him that Spoon doesn't:
"The main difference is that I don’t write and sing all the songs," he said. "That's fun for me. I do like writing and singing songs, and I get to do a little bit of that, but I also get to let someone else be the front guy and back him up. That’s one of my favorite parts of working on music: Having a song that's almost there, or halfway written, then helping someone get it to the finish line. You don’t have perspective if you started the song yourself. But an outsider can do that. I always wanted to have someone do that for my songs, and I like doing that for other people’s songs."
Read the full Q&A, in which Daniel covers everything from first meeting Boeckner at a Portland, OR, Handsome Furs gig to finding the "perfect drummer" Brown in Ohio, to his favorite books by Ernest Hemingway. While you read, listen to our Spotify playlist featuring the best Divine Fits tracks, plus highlights from each members respective bands.
Watch it above, then tell me how much you love this band, on a scale of 1-10. I'm a solid 9.