The Blue Note Presents
Built To Spill
HELVETIA, Revolt Revolt
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Built To Spill
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 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.
For over twenty years, Doug Martsch has been writing and recording music. Built to Spill members Brett Nelson (bass), Scott Plouf (drums) Jim Roth (guitar), and Brett Netson (guitar) have all been musicians for two decades. That adds up to more than a century. Doug's strong aesthetic combines with the band members' mix of approaches to create an aural topography. Doug sets course and navigates. Each member of Built to Spill comes to the music with a different set of expectations and ideals.
With the complexity and variety of music they have created, Built to Spill endeavors to make songs interesting to themselves and their audience. They hope that the band will remain special and that people will discover the music for themselves. Year after year, new fans show up. Just like the band members, listeners come to the music with expectations and ideals. They make up their own ideas about the songs.
I once overheard Doug on the phone being interviewed. He sounded almost stand-offish in not "telling" an interviewer the meaning of a song or describing its origin. Doug and I have speculated about this sometimes: meaning (whether intended or not )is not inherent in lyrics or in any art. Listening, looking closely, and responding with one's feelings, thoughts, and senses transforms. Doug simply does wish to disrupt any meaning someone else has found.
I can barely repress the urge to tell you what THERE IS NO ENEMY means to me. When making the new record, Doug literally lived in the studio. To be able to work all day and all night. To spend hours and hours laying down guitar tracks he realized he couldn't use since the first live takes had the best tone and feel. To undigitally remix the record. With so much work behind the band, the record is here. Now comes the album's journey into the world. This venture Built to Spill does not map out. The record is yours to respond to.
It's been a few years since we've formed; and it still is like we just started. not in a bad way, just the fact that experimentalism is at the core of our music. While there may be a poppy song or an punk-esque tune, it's still all about pushing the music around like paint. and some songs resurface and form into new sonic shapes.
It's about influence. Not just the many bands we are influenced by, but by environment, change. Like a New York city street where one moment it's musical ambient textures, the next a disharmonic chaos of horns and sirens. That is what we're about. Chords that overlay in washes, then bite and stab and tear the canvas.
The core philosophy of sonic youth is a strong commonality. Lee Ranaldo played with Glenn Branca often, where he learned to play with alternate tunings and create 'white noise'. Branca was a musician/composer who enlisted several (sometimes up to six) guitarists to play his symphonies of noise. Sonic Youth learned much from Branca later, such as using alternate tunings and various non-conventional ways of playing to create their style of noise. - source the Rare Vinyl Network
Though we may not sound entirely like Sonic Youth, we embrace this aspect. The non-convention. Interestingly, non-convention has its own pattern. Chaos has pattern. turn on a faucet a little, it drips water at the same rate. a little more, and the drops start combing with another, erraticaly. But upon closer inspection, there is a pattern. Society is erratic, but the same mistakes happen again. It is all around us. And we try to embody that in our music.
The reason we chose the name, Helvetica, is because it doesn't interrupt. Use this typeface and it somehow embraces the personality of whatever visual it is part of. Without being obstructive. It reinvents itself, like a chameleon, adapting without having to necessarily change. Sometimes light, bold, italic. that's it. And we are that. We let the music be the visual, and we ourselves try not to be brash and corny showmen. The music is the importance. We simply carry the message.
The songs here are a tiny slice of what we are all about. We are still discovering what it is. And that makes it all worthwhile.
We hatched August 2007. ReVoLtReVoLt is Jasin Serna, C Bock, and Ben Brunn. When we started this ReVoLt thing out, we were traveling the North Western states all of winter 2008 on into Spring of 2009….. Actually….. things spawned from the Serna-Bock combo, as another project kinda flickered out.
Jason and I (cBock), locked down a few songs and were generating our two piece sound around Idaho-Oregon, when Ben Brunn came into the mix. Jason set up a meeting outside of a local haunt in Boise, Id. Although we didn't really know Ben, we were aquainted with mutual friends from our childhood, took lessons from the same guitar teacher, and had similar musical influences. Somehow we all just missed meeting each other round town in the early days. The meeting went off without a hitch, and rehearsals progressed to shows. I recall riding on the way to our first show with Benny on board, (at the Terrapin/former Crazy Horse) and we all talked of what music meant to us….we also agreed that we were all ready for touring, recording, and taking things further….We played an awesome set, delivering a fuller unique sound, and tones evolved.
We were ready…So…..I started booking more and more shows out of town, re-connecting & acclimating to the up's and downs, ins and outs of getting that sweet gig. DIY. One of the shows took us to the Skylark in Seattle where we opened for a band named Slippage. Members included Jack Endino, Scott McCullum, Gary King, Allison Maryatt. Jack Endino (producer/engineer of Nirvana's Bleach, and a ton of other bands) said he liked our set, and that he thought we had found our sound. He said, "you sound kinda like the Pixies, but not JUST like the Pixes…and that's a good thing." Jack showed us his studio the next day, and said he would like to have us track with him, but he was pretty stacked schedule wise. He told us that we were ready to record, we were pretty tight from all the miles on the road. The three of us drove away from his place with out really saying much….the seed that was planted began to see some light.
Tickets Available at the Door
A limited quantity of reserved balcony tables are available by request at our box office or by calling (573) 874 1944. Please note that you must purchase all four tickets at the table for a reservation. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE 21, please be prepared to pay a $2 cash minor surcharge at the door in addition to purchasing a ticket.
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