“I can’t get that sound you made out of my head” – Built To Spill on “I Would Hurt A Fly”
Not that I’ve been trying to get their sound out of my head, but it’s been nearly 20 years and I consistently find myself humming a Built To Spill tune once or twice a week (and after nearly 20 years, some of the lyrics remain just as cryptic.) Going to a Built To Spill show was a little bittersweet for me, as it ended a sort of unspoken embargo I had on them. Perfect From Now On, Keep It Like A Secret, and Ancient Melodies of The Future were (and still are) a holy trinity of albums. Released in rapid succession they became my intro to the world of what would eventually be called “Indie Rock” (wether lovingly or spitefully). But, it was 5 long years before the next album, You In Reverse, and for one reason or another, I never got around to it, or There Is No Enemy.
Flash forward to 2015 and I found myself in a unique position to actually go and see them, and so I binged. I had never stopped listening to those oh-so-special albums, but I looped the new ones for a few days. It was like catching up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a decade, only to realize nothing had changed. Continue reading →