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Interview with Dan Boechner of Divine Fits, Twilight headliner

Published August 7, 2012 11:38 am

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Passion Pit was originally scheduled to headline the Aug. 9 edition of the Twilight Concert Series, but after they backed out, Utahns should consider themselves lucky to have Divine Fits fill in for them. This Salt Lake City performance is one of the first shows the group has played since coming together last winter. "A lot of this [for the audience] is having good faith and listening to music they haven't heard before," said Dan Boeckner in a Tribune interview. Divine Fits is a trio of Boeckner (a member of the band Wolf Parade), Spoon frontman Britt Daniel and New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Alex Fischel, with the album "A Thing Called Divine Fits" due out Aug. 28. Boecher and Daniel have been friends for years, and finally got together when Wolf Parade went on hiatus and Spoon was taking a break after touring behind its 2010 album "Transference." [Daniel] asked me if I wanted to start a band," said Boeckner. "I jumped at it ... I've always had a lot of respect for the way he operates his band." The result is an eclectic collection that includes synth-pop and good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll, and Thursday's show will feature the entirety of the band's album along with some covers. The Salt Lake City show comes after shows in each of the band member's hometowns, so Salt Lake City fans are among the first to see Divine Fits in action.

The concert will be at 5 p.m. in Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City Thursday, with Austra opening. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Graywhale or at the door.