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.
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.
New tracks and videos by Montreal’s How Sad and Young Galaxy, Toronto’s Austra, L.A.’s (514-connected) Divine Fits and Brooklyn rapper Angel Haze, as produced by Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red.
New tracks and videos by five local (or honourary Montreal) bands.
Our critics present their year-end Top 10 Albums lists.
Here are the very best songs Montreal had to offer this year. This list is completely arbitrary and based on the whims of those who assembled it, as is the case with any list. Song preferences subject to the ever-changing moods of chief compiler/commentator Erik Leijon.
Surreal and psychedelic are the descriptors being tossed around in an effort to capture the washed-out levity of the Philly duo’s sound. Surreal suggests that the songs are packed with non-sequiturs or ill-fitting marriages of sounds, while psychedelic implies that this is drug music, with ties to ’60s and ’70s rock. Neither is true, though there’s no doubt that this record would make a nice meal for your ears on soft or hard psychedelics. My go-to adjective for this kind of sound is ethereal, but even that fails in this instance.
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.