Built to Spill Confirms Concert at The ELM

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Boise-based, indie rock band Built to Spill is heading to Bozeman for a headlining performance at The ELM on Friday, August 12, 2022.

Doug Martsch formed Built To Spill in 1992. His intention was to sustain a project that would involve a rotating cast of musicians to record albums and tour, which is exactly what he’s done. Thirty years later, Built to Spill has released a total of nine studio albums (including a cover album) since their debut, Ultimate Alternative Wavers, came out in 1993. Martsch signed Built to Spill to Warner Bros. Records in 1995.

Untethered Moon, was released in 2015, which Exclaim! said was “arguably the most enjoyable Built to Spill album since 1999’s pivotal Keep It Like A Secret.” Built to Spill released an ode to Daniel Johnston in 2020, appropriately named, Built To Spill Plays The Songs of Daniel Johnston.


PRESALE: Limited Groove presale tickets will be available online only (while supplies last) from 10am to 10pm, Thursday, March 10, 2022. A password will be provided via email after completing the Logjam Presale sign up form where it says GET TICKETS below. PLEASE NOTE: Logjam Gift Cards cannot be used for presale purchases. Learn how to purchase tickets with your Logjam gift card here.

PUBLIC ON SALE: Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11th at 1pm, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Reserved balcony loge seating and general admission standing room tickets are available. All ages are welcome.

About Built to Spill

Built to Spill were one of the most popular indie rock acts of the ’90s, finding the middle ground between postmodern, Pavement-style pop and the loose, spacious jamming of Neil Young. From the outset, the band was a vehicle for singer/songwriter/guitarist Doug Martsch, who — heavily inspired by Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis — helped keep alive the concept of the indie guitar hero. On record, Martsch the arranger crafted intricate, artfully knotted tangles of guitar; in concert, his rough-edged soloing heroics earned Built to Spill a reputation as an exciting and unpredictable live act.

Their early records betrayed some punk scrappiness around the edges, but as Martsch’s songwriting matured he was able to crank out complicated, emotionally wracked songs that melted hearts as easily as they did speakers. The artistic success of 1994’s There’s Nothing Wrong with Love led to the band signing a deal with Warner Bros. where they released a string of albums highlighted by alt-rock classics Perfect from Now On and Keep It Like a Secret.

As they got further from the ’90s, and as albums appeared infrequently, the group’s work still delivered the same mix of guitar heroics and heartfelt songwriting as 2015’s Untethered Moon, which sounds remarkably similar to their early work, proves.