Live Video: Built to Spill

Live Video, Local Music
Jim Beckmann
photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

For as cosmic as their jams can be and as free floating as their new album title appears, Built to Spill have never seemed more grounded. On Untethered Moon, their eighth studio album and their first in six years, the veteran indie rockers haven't drifted away from their roots but, thanks to producer Sam Coomes (of Quasi) taking the reins, have tightened their expansive guitar-heavy interplay into tight, crunchy but still stylistically freewheeling songs. A new rhythm section of bassist Jason Albertini and drummer Steve Gere (both longtime friends and former BTS roadies) adds extra punch, while frontman Doug Martsch sings skyward, as wistfully as ever, while intertwining riffs with fellow guitarists Brett Netson and Jim Roth. Thought tight on record, in-studio at KEXP, the five-piece unleash an unbridled set of riff-heavy rock, featuring three songs from the new LP and a 1994 classic. Watch the full session now:

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