Here's a vid from the Bootleg show. I've got some from the Echo coming...They were so good.
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On "Like Ice Cream" he almost makes the unfamiliarity of single life sound enticing: "Café dancer, she shows you her wounds and you think that you know her well."
In March the group reconvened in Studio City at producer Nick Launay's studio, where they spent the next several months hammering out the rest of the album.
Launay, famous for his work on Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, was the driving force behind much of the experimentation on A Thing Called Divine Fits, which differs noticeably from the members' previous projects.
Nearly every song maintains a subtle build, conveying emotions through complex synth melodies, intricate drum patterns and gut-wrenching vocals.
It's an exquisite first outing, with songwriting and vocals split evenly between Daniel and Boeckner, save for an epic cover of Rowland Howard's "Shivers," sung by Daniel, who also plays bass on several songs.
Live, Boeckner and Daniel trade vocals or instruments continually, constantly trying to top one other. During their show at the Bootleg, Boeckner shook his hair and flailed around during "What Gets You Alone," while Daniel slinked off to the side and smiled in approval.
The group seems successful right out of the gate, holding a monthlong residency in August scattered across intimate L.A. venues: the Bootleg, Hotel Cafe, the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever and the Echo.
Almost every show sold out the day it was announced, a testament to the pre-album buzz and the members' success in their previous outfits. (They've also sold out shows in each Divine Fits member's hometown.)
For that reason, the mood backstage at the Bootleg during our interview is oddly Zen, with each member enjoying each other's company and laughing like old friends.
With heartbreak seemingly fueling the majority of the lyrics and melodies on their debut, the occasion almost feels like a support group. "I felt really blessed," Boeckner says, "just to have these guys around."
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