Built to Spill struggle at the ‘dise

A review of Built to Spill at the Paradise Rock Club on June 22, 2012

, Contributing Writer

Built to Spill played to a spilling-over sold-out crowd at Paradise Rock Club last Friday. Unfortunately, despite the palpable sense of energy in the crowd for the longtime indie rockers’ appearance, the band’s set failed to live up to expectations.

Built to Spill are a canonical independent rock staple who need no introduction. From opener “Traces”, the crowd was listless yet rapt. With no new album to support, the band’s 120 minute/14-song set was a completist’s wet dream spanning the wealth of material from throughout the band’s seven album catalouge.

Unfortunately, much of the set came across sloppy. Yes, even understanding that their era of indie rock espoused the “lo-fi we don’t care about high fidelity type” aesthetic, there was just too much garbled distortion. The effect almost ruined everything, but they rolled out some real show-stoppers in the paradoxically normal sounding “Strange”, the “Car” copycat “Joyride” and the mathematically sparse anthem “Carry the Zero”. For the adoring crowd, not even terrible the acoustics could bring these classics down.

The band did treat the crowd to solid four song encore, which began with “Stop the Show”. Following “Stab” and “Big Dipper”, Built To Spill brought the night to a close with “Broken Chairs”.

In the primary support slot was Cavemen, who upstaged the main act, The New York-based rockers were polished and sophisticated to an almost uncomfortable degree of accuracy. The band recalled shades of a young Interpol (the heady Turn on the Bright Lights era) with set highlights “My Fire” and “Vampirer”.

Openers Junebug Spade played a pleasant strain of psychedelic indie pop rock that would not be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie like Rushmore or Moonrise Kingdom. Their set was highlighted by “Public Display of Affection”, an awesome shambling Kinks-ian tune that has the makings for a big hit.

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