What is it about indie artists that makes them bounce around between bands, start side projects with other artists, and keep devoting time to the project that rose them to fame in the first place? That sense of creation and discovery has led to many successful bands, and now we have a few new bands to keep our eye on — all from Spoon frontman Britt Daniel.
Spoon wasn’t the first band to host Daniel’s talents, and it’s clearly not the last. Daniel played in many bands in college at the University of Texas, before striking gold with Spoon in 1993. Since then, he’s been a sultan of side projects.
1999 had him playing in glam rock group Golden Millennium, and by 2006 he was creating music with Brian Reitzell for the movie Stranger Than Fiction, not to mention a solo album released under the name Drake Tungsten. This list doesn’t even include the production work Daniel has done for the likes of Bright Eyes, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, Interpol, and White Rabbits.
This summer saw the first of Daniel’s project with members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, and New Bomb Turks performing as Divine Fits. Their single “My Love Is Real” foreshadows their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, due out on Merge later this month.
You’d think all that would be enough to keep one man busy, but apparently not. Daniel has now teamed up with Jason Narducy (Telekenisis/Verbow) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk/Mountain Goats) to form Spl:t S:ngle. Interestingly enough, Daniel will not assume his usual position as frontman. Narducy wrote and sang all 13 of the songs that have been recorded so far.
So if you can manage to keep up with all that Britt Daniel is up to, you’ll have a lot to look forward to, including more from Spoon… eventually.