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Built to Spill

Oct. 22 • Southgate House Revival

By Jason Gargano · October 15th, 2013 · Sound Advice
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Rumor had it that Built to Spill’s 2009 album There Is No Enemy might be its last. None other than frontman Doug Martsch’s wife wrote the following on the band’s website upon the album’s release: “Three and a half years in the making, the efforts of writing and recording THERE IS NO ENEMY led Built to Spill founder Doug Martsch to wonder whether this would be the last album he ever makes. As his wife, I watched him work, pouring (sic) hour after hour, day after day into writing. Song lyrics were labored over then thrown in the trash, guitar parts revised again (and again). A musician and artist like Doug edits far more than he keeps.”

Beside being an incisive look into the band’s creative process, it also seemed like an epitaph for a guy who’s made some of the most enduring guitar records of the last 20 years (for conclusive proof, check out the glorious one-two of 1994’s There’s Nothing Wrong with Love and 1997’s Perfect From Now On, each of which probably still gives J.

Mascis and Neil Young goosebumps). 

Yet now, some four years later, comes word that Built to Spill is working on what will be its eighth full-length studio effort, which we’re told will probably drop in late 2014. Until then, the band has embarked on an extensive tour, which is good news for those of us who like to get lost in sound — Built to Spill’s epic guitar reveries are even more immersive in a live setting.

BUILT TO SPILL plays Tuesday, Oct. 22 with Slam Dunk and Genders at Southgate House Revival in Newport. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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