Built To Spill, Scala, London, May 2007
My knowledge of Built To Spill was not huge. I was aware they were really popular on the indie scene in the States, and had a reputation for being good live… and touring relentlessly. I probably checked them out first because I thought they might be like Guided By Voices, and I had heard Pavement comparisons. Neither was really relevant. The only album I have by them is the live album from 2000, and I do really like it - I used to thrash it for a while. This gig was really just a determined effort to get out and see a band on my birthday, and this was what we chose. To be honest I don’t remember much about it - only that everyone else was way more into it than us, and I think we may have even slipped away early because it just felt a bit forced, on our part. Shame. I still like them, and I enjoyed listening to a bit of them again for this post. However, the lesson was learned: you can’t force a gig. Check out ‘Car’.