Watch Divine Fits’ Triumphant ‘Chained to Love’-‘Ain’t That the Way’ Medley on ‘Conan’
Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniel swap instruments mid-gig
Divine Fits can cram the members of a gazillion top-notch bands into one, so of course they can pack two songs into a single on-air TV performance. The A Thing Called the Divine Fits group digitally released double A sides “Chained to Love” and “Ain’t That the Way” yesterday, with vinyl due out on July 23 via Merge. They gave nervy renditions of both numbers last night on Conan, swapping guitars and sharpening edges to cram seven-plus minutes of music into four-ish minutes of television. The mic-and-instrument handoff between co-frontmen Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniels was a canny way to preview two characteristically taut tracks, one of which, the Boeckner-led “Chained to Love,” they debuted during South By Southwest. Daniel previously told SPIN there will be another new Divine Fits album, but he has a new Spoon record in the works first.