Built to Spill: rock vs. jam; Gravy Train!!!, The Shanks tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 12:31 pm July 11, 2007

I think it’s fair to say that Doug Martsch of Built to Spill was slightly agitated and slightly amused at my line of questioning for our interview (online here). Fact is, BTS hasn’t released an album in over a year other than the limited edition vinyl and reggae songs mentioned in the story. The real burning question on everyone’s mind is whether or not BTS will rock next Wednesday or jam all night. I don’t know if I got a definitive answer other than the denial that they excessively jam in the first place. Well, I was there last time, and I can tell you it was one long solo after another (relive the evening here). At one point during the discussion, Martsch said something along the lines of “We’ll now be sure to do lots of jams when we get there.” Uh-oh. We also discussed the fact that this is the first big touring show on the Slowdown stage, and how it also was the first Slowdown show announced prior to the venue’s opening. Martsch said he’d heard something about it and was pleased to be the band picked to break the place in. Too bad I’m going to miss the show as I’ll be out of town that evening…

A couple shows worth mentioning tonight: Those crazy kids from Gravy Train!!! are at The Waiting Room tonight with SSION (who remembers when they opened for Yeah Yeah Yeahs in March 2004 dressed as chickens, a lion and a cow?) and The Flamboyant Gods. $8, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at O’Leaver’s, it’s those crazy punk rock kids from The Shanks with Thee Almighty Handclaps and Ric Rhythm and the Revengers. Mayhem shall ensue. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Tomorrow in Lazy-i, Drakes Hotel.

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