Dan Boeckner

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Dan Boeckner
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Dan Boeckner (left) on a visit to Brisbane, Australia while touring with Wolf Parade in April 2003.
Background information
Born (1978-02-05) February 5, 1978 (age 41)
Origin Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2000–present
Labels Sub Pop, Last Gang Records, Global Symphonic
Associated acts Wolf Parade, Atlas Strategic, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Operators

Dan Boeckner (/ˈbɛknər/;[1] born 5 February 1978) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist. In 2012-2013, he was involved in a project called Divine Fits, with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel.[2] He is a member of Wolf Parade, and previously a member of Atlas Strategic and Handsome Furs. Currently, Boeckner has a new band called Operators which released an album, EP1, in August 2014.


Boeckner grew up in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia[3] and, immediately upon graduating high school, moved to Victoria, BC. In Victoria he became a singer/guitarist for many small, independent outfits. One of these bands was named God Shaped Vacuum, and featured a pre-Frog Eyes Carey Mercer on drums. They released one album in their brief existence, entitled Apocalypse Now![4] In 2000 Boeckner co-founded notable British Columbian band Atlas Strategic with organist/vocalist John Pollard, and recorded their debut Rapture, Ye Minions!.[5] The album was released on a local label, Global Symphonic. The band toured and recorded a second album/EP, which they self-released upon their demise in 2002.[5]

Boeckner then moved to Montreal, Quebec, where he eventually met with Spencer Krug and helped form Wolf Parade.[6] Boeckner contributes his guitar skills, while also splitting the role of lead singer with band-mate Krug. The band is signed to Sub Pop Records. In November 2010, Wolf Parade announced that they were taking an "indefinite hiatus".

Boeckner formed the Handsome Furs with his then fiancée Alexei Perry, in the winter of 2005.[7] The duo signed to Sub Pop Records and released their debut album Plague Park in 2007. "Face Control" was released in 2009, while Handsome Furs' latest album Sound Kapital was released in 2011. On May 17, 2012 Handsome Furs announced the band was no more on their official website.[8] Later, it was confirmed that the couple had broken up.[9]

In October 2005, Boeckner was a part of the satirical North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative (NAHPI) and contributed to the UNICEF benefit song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?". Boeckner also played on Islands' debut album Return to the Sea. He played guitar on the opening track "Swans (Life After Death)" and he played in the "marching band" on the track "Where There's a Will There's a Whalebone".[10]

After the breakup of Handsome Furs, Boeckner formed Divine Fits with Britt Daniel in 2011 while Daniel was on break from his band Spoon.[11][12] The band released one studio album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, in 2012 to positive reviews [13] and one live album, Live At Third Man Records, in 2014.

In May 2014, Boeckner debuted his new band, Operators, during Canadian Music Week in Toronto. In January 2016, the Operators announced that their debut album, "Blue Wave", would be released on April 1, 2016.

In January 2016, Wolf Parade announced on their website that their hiatus was over, and that they would be returning to the stage with a series of live shows starting in May 2016. In May 2016, Wolf Parade released a self titled EP.


Atlas Strategic

Dan Boeckner performing with Handsome Furs in Guelph, Ontario (23 December 2007).

Wolf Parade

Handsome Furs

Divine Fits



  1. ^ "Handsome Furs: Public Access Media Interview". YouTube. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
  2. ^ "Spoon's Britt Daniel and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs Form New Band". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Brandon Stosuy (December 5, 2005). "Interview: Wolf Parade". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14.
  4. ^ "Dan Boeckner". wolfParade.nonstuff.com. 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Artist Biography: Atlas Strategic". Unofficial website. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "Artist Biography: Wolf Parade". SubPop.com. Retrieved October 25, 2007.
  7. ^ "Artist Biography: Handsome Furs". SubPop.com. Retrieved October 25, 2007.
  8. ^ "The End". handsomefurs.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  9. ^ Dekel, Jon (12 September 2012). "Divine Fits helps Dan Boeckner deal with the breakup of two bands and a marriage". National Post. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Traces of Civilization: Islands Return to the Sea". Pop Montreal. Archived from the original on November 8, 2007. Retrieved October 25, 2007.
  11. ^ "Divine Fits: A Thing Called Divine Fits". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  12. ^ "New band Divine Fits will headline Thursday's Twilight Concert". Salt Lake Tribune. Aug 7, 2012. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  13. ^ "A THING CALLED DIVINE FITS". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01.

External links

  • Media related to Dan Boeckner at Wikimedia Commons
  • Sub Pop: Handsome Furs
  • Sub Pop: Wolf Parade
  • Global Symphonic site
  • Wolf Parade fan site
  • Atlas Strategic site
  • Handsome Furs fan site
  • Operators Official Site
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