Built to Spill is Boise's best known and most successful alternative rock band.
It's easy to see why.
The five-piece group cultivates a bright sound that is at once driving, psychedelic, and lyrically personal. To understand why, check out the band's 2009 release titled There is no enemy. The album inspired major magazine reviews that included the words pinwheeling guitar fantasias.
Yes, they're popular -- really.
Built to Spill has entertained fans in the Gem State and beyond for the last two decades. Frontman Doug Martsch is a local, Boise celebrity who has produced seven albums. On them, it's apparent that his goal is to build guitar-heavy tracks inspired by classic rock and some sort of magical space dust that sends those guitar riffs rocketing into some deep cosmic sector.
In fact, if you haven't heard of Built to Spill yet, you're probably a recent move from Neptune.
On Saturday, Built to Spill played Treefort Music Fest's main stage to a crowd of over 1,000 eager hipsters, dead-heads, excited college kids, and more than a few grey-haired moms and pops who secretly danced in the shadows. Folks watched from area rooftops with drinks in hand. The air was a mixture of strange smells.
Martsch didn't disappoint. The set offered a distinctly vintage sound reminiscent of a 70's Neil Young album mixed with the Allman brothers, Nirvana, and Widespread Panic.
After Built to Spill finished playing their hour-long set, hometown fans cheered them back onstage for a fantastic encore that featured a 15-minute-long, ripping, guitar solo that very-well could have made Jerry Garcia descend from the stars, and take a moment to experience the sights and sounds of Treefort.