Built To Spill Rock the Boat, NY Press

(PHOTO: Esther Preussler)

Doug Martsch sat at his laptop for nearly an hour before the boat even set sail. Everyone boarded the Rocks Off boat for a rare performance by Boise, Idaho’s Built to Spill while Martsch DJed an entire set before the boat took off along the Hudson. Still, Martsch sat transfixed on the screen. No soul dared interrupt.

Instead, the front stage filled in on all sides, even against the painted gates put up alongside the left and right of the stage. Nonchalant, the band made its way up just after 9 and played a 13-song set that flowed until 11. Binded by slivers-of-paper set lists, one shaped like an “L,” scripted and spelled backwards on each leaf. At moments, bassist Brett Nelson held one sliver up to a light to make out the next track. As the boat passed the Statue of Liberty, Martsch responded to the lack of vocals at sea. “If you like to hear vocals stand here [pointing to the front]. If you don’t like vocals, stand back there.” Nothing is perfect when you have a band at sea, but that adds to the rawness. Martsch left the stage for what seemed like a bathroom break as the band played on returning the start of “Twin Falls” and “Some” from 1994’s There’s Nothing Wrong with Love. Read entire story


~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on September 3, 2010.

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