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 Doug poured over lyrics and notes, hour after hour , day after day, he realized that a musician and artist like himself 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.
When making the new record, There Is No Enemy, Doug literally lived in the studio working all day and all night spending hours and hours laying down guitar tracks he realized he couldn’t use because the first live takes had the best tone and feel. He undigitally remixed the record and now with much work behind the band, the record is here. Now comes the album’s journey into the world and this record is now yours to respond to.
The members of Built To Spill consists of
Doug Martsch • guitars, vocals
Brett Netson • guitars
Jim Roth • guitars
Brett Nelson • bass
Scott Plouf • drum