The Grand Rapids taproom’s special Sunday night show packed the place with fans of the celebrated indie-rockers. (Photo gallery)
By virtue of its longevity, critical acclaim and indie-rock street cred, Built to Spill has ascended to a lofty cult status with a bevy of faithful followers.
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Proof of that came during a special Sunday night show at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, when a crowd of several hundred West Michigan devotees squeezed in elbow-to-elbow to celebrate the Idaho-bred rock outfit which is touring behind its fine new album, “Untethered Moon.”
Indeed, the entire evening lineup drew raves from attendees, with one-man band Clark and the Himselfs (also from Idaho) and Oregon psych-rock/punk/garage outfit Wooden Indian Burial Ground getting things started.
“They sound like a mix of The Dead Milkmen and Pavement,” Barfly Ventures founder Mark Sellers said in praising Wooden Indian Burial Ground. “Classic punk sound with experimental guitar overtones like Steven Malkmus, and definitely some early, early Talking Heads in there, too.”
Photographer Anna Sink, meanwhile, called Clark and the Himselfs “hilariously experimental” in an engaging way.
As for members of Built to Spill, well, they’re cult heroes for a reason: It was a highly appreciative audience for a band that was highly appreciative of its fans.
“They are amazing,” Sellers raved. “They sound like a mix of Pavement, Guided by Voices and psychedelic-era Beatles. I love this band.”
Local Spins was there to document the action in photos.
BUILT TO SPILL: THE LOCAL SPINS PHOTO GALLERY BY ANNA SINK
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