Hailing from the Pacific Northwest and with music released in each of the last three decades, Built To Spill is an indie rock legend. The band combines magnificent guitar work with song structures that range from pop-like to wildly ambitious. Rock fans of all stripes should be able to find something to like about Built To Spill.
Built To Last
Built To Spill was started in 1992 by Doug Martsch, the lead singer and guitarist of the band. He was joined by Brett Netson on bass and Ralf Youtz on drums. The three recorded Built To Spill's debut album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers, which came out in 1993. Martsch's initial plan was to rotate bandmates every album. The followup album, There's Nothing Wrong With Love, featured the similarly named Brett Nelson on bass and Andy Capps on drums. This album was widely acclaimed. Nelson also became a more permanent fixture in the band. While songs like "Car" and "Twin Falls" on There's Nothing Wrong With Love were very immediate in their catchiness and had short running times, Martsch got more ambitious with the band's next album. Perfect From Now On had lengthier track times and more complex design. It showed that Built To Spill had serious drive. The next album, Keep It Like a Secret, had more of a catchy feel, but the songwriting was still excellent, including classic Built To Spill songs like "Center of the Universe" and "Sidewalk." The first album of the new millennium was Ancient Melodies of the Future released in 2001. The band's sixth album, You in Reverse, was the first to include four members as Jim Roth joined on guitar. The band concluded the decade with the album titled There Is No Enemy, which was also the final album to include the lineup of Brett Nelson, Scott Plouf and Jim Roth. After quite a few years without a new album, the bank released Untethered Moon in 2015, and it featured Jason Albertini on bass and Steve Gere on drums.
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Where can I see Built To Spill?
Built To Spill is currently on a tour of North America to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Keep It Like a Secret. The tour began in June and is scheduled through November. Cities the band is still set to hit include Sayreville, N.J., Ithaca, N.Y., Cleveland, Ohio, Holyoke, Mass., and Seattle, Wash. The band will also stop in the California cities of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Sacramento.
What can I expect from Built To Spill?
Built To Spill is a band that lives to perform with more than 1,400 shows in 26 years. However, fans aren't complaining about being oversaturated with shows because any time you get to see Built To Spill live, you're in for a treat. The band's sound is made for the live experience, especially Martsch's beautiful guitar solos.
How long is a Built To Spill concert?
Built To Spill concerts tend to run between one and two hours. The shows are much longer when the band performs as headliners.
What is Built To Spill's live setlist like?
Although the band is playing the entirety of Keep It Like a Secret on its current tour, it isn't playing the songs in the exact order of the tracklist. You might not hear certain songs until the encore. The band also plays songs from other parts of its discography. The most frequently played songs at Built To Spill concerts include "Carry the Zero," "The Plan," "Else," "Stab" and "You Were Right."
Do Built To Spill perform covers live?
Built To Spill is also highly talented in its interpretations of songs by others. Some of the artists it has covered include Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, The Clash and The Smiths.Back to Top
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