Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

Divine Fits
A Thing Called Divine Fits
Merge
★★★★★★★★½☆

The concept of the ‘supergroup’ is relative and often abused. The formation itself is prone to suspicion, akin to selling out your bandmates in favour of some fresh thrills. Often it’s the point in a band’s career when the chief songwriter hits a stalemate or a stale state — ie: the last record didn’t do so well. Could you point that finger in the direction of anybody in Divine Fits? Perhaps, but I wouldn’t succumb to that kind of Transference.

Divine Fits is comprised of Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks.… Read the rest

Bob Mould – Silver Age

Bob Mould
Silver Age
Merge
★★★★★★★★☆☆

Alterna-rock statesman hot from bringing a little 90′s Sugar to the 10′s masses returns with shit-hot album. If that’s all the convincing you need, you might as well stop reading now and give the man your money. But if you need a little more, here goes…

Given that Mould has spent the early part of 2012 in Sugar-mode, it’s no surprise for Silver Age to be the point of connection between the past and the present. “I’d been batting around the idea of another aggressive pop record for some time,” Bob says, “especially as the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue kept getting closer”.… Read the rest

Spoon In Australia – Talking Ga Ga With Jim Eno

Indie rock stalwarts Spoon reached a commercial high point last year with their phenomenal sixth album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. It was a long time coming for this Austin, Texas quartet, having gone through the major label highs and lows and then finding a permanent home with Merge Records while steadily releasing albums of increasing quality Heading over to Australia to play the Big Day Out, Static’s Chris Berkley caught up with drummer/producer and all-round good guy, Jim Eno.

All this Australian touring for Spoon comes on the back of what was another pretty busy year in the States for you guys, right?Read the rest

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

It’s almost an established fact that once a band hits album number 4 or 5 they’re practically running on empty. Creative juices have all but dried up, different directions are attempted, band friction comes to the fore and as the years go by each new release just isn’t a patch on former glories.

There are of course, the anomalies, the bands who seem to have an inverse relationship to this theory. Spoon, thankfully, happen to be one of those bands. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (to be said quickly) is album number 6 from this Austin, Texas (now Portland, Oregon) quintet and all-round faux punx/gentlemen dudes.… Read the rest