We spoke to Boeckner about Operators’ stellar debut album, the Wolf Parade reunion, the return of Divine Fits and the end of Canada’s Gold Rush.
* The Colour of Desire erotic art exhibit
* Le Cinéclub screens David Lynch’s Wild at Heart
* Passovah Valentine’s Day mega-show at Bar le Ritz PDB
* Arbutus Records Valentine’s evening party
* How to Be Good at Love comedy show at ComedyWorks
A year after the flood that devastated the city and its festival of cool music, the week-long event (Cow-Town’s answer to Pop Montreal) went down almost perfectly.
* Experimental Documentary Night
* Final day of the MTL Acapella festival
* Le Cagibi Cult Movie Night
* Comedy Nest’s Battlecom
* Operators play Il Motore
From National Drone Day (today!) to spin-offs of Starvin’ Hungry, Wolf Parade and Quest for Fire to album launches & cult-movie screenings — see Johnson’s recommendations here.
We spoke to the ex-member of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs — and active player in Divine Fits — about a new project hitting Montreal this weekend: Operators.
The first two Divine Fits tunes to be revealed to the world this summer were the debut single, “My Love Is Real,” and “Would That Not Be Nice,” sung by Boeckner and Daniel, respectively. They sound a lot like what you’d think a mash-up of their bands would produce: electro-fried glam rock bones wrapped tightly in a tense funk gristle.
By and large, supergroups rarely match the sum of their parts, but Divine Fits, a new band featuring Dan Boeckner (ex-Wolf Parade, ex-Handsome Furs) and Spoon’s Britt Daniel somehow manage to sound exactly the way you’d think a collaboration between these two titans of indie rock would. Most of the songs from their Montreal debut […]
No one was too surprised when Wolf Parade parted ways. At Mount Zoomer and Expo 86 were good albums, but neither was as end-to-end exciting as Apologies to the Queen Mary was back in 2005. And when two very different side projects emerged, it was clear that the band’s primary songwriters, Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner, needed artistic outlets far apart from one another.