The Keep It Like A Secret 20th anniversary tour kept on rolling Thursday night in Sayreville, New Jersey. The gig was the first of a new tour leg that will see Built To Spill work its way up and down the east coast for the next two months in support of their seminal album from 1999. The band had previously played 27 shows in Europe in the spring followed by an additional 31 dates earlier this summer focusing mainly on the midwest states. Like the majority of anniversary shows prior, Built To Spill opened with “Time Trap” before running through the bulk of Keep It Like A Secret in random order with songs like “Center of The Universe”, “Else” and “Carry The Zero” receiving the biggest audience responses on the evening. Frontman and creative leader Doug Martsch, the lone original member of Built To Spill, was a man of few words on the night. He instead chose to focus on delivering the music that featured sprawling guitar solos, tight percussion work and his trademark heavenly vocals that do not seem to have aged a single day over the last 20 some odd years.
After 10 songs the band left the stage before inevitably returning for a much expected encore that would feature a nice cross section of various Built To Spill classics over the last 30 years. First up was The Halo Benders tune “Planned Obsolescence” followed by There’s Nothing Wrong with Love’s “In The Morning”, Untethered Moon’s “Living Zoo” and Perfect from Now On’s “I Would Hurt A Fly”. Built To Spill is known to do some pretty awesome and random covers with tonight being no exception. The band launched into “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks and was a real highlight for the gig. I love the mini resurgence that song is having at the moment with Ethan Hawke singing it in the film Juliet Naked most recently. To bring the show to an epic conclusion, Built To Spill ripped through “Broken Chairs” and thus completing their Keep It Like A Secret 20th Anniversary show on a rainy night in suburbia New Jersey. Also on the bill tonight were Portland, Oregon indie rockers And And And who had what I would describe as a Band of Horses meets Fleet Foxes vibe going on as well as New Mexico hard rockers Prism Bitch who had a flare for the theatrics on stage. Both were worth seeing as you wait for the main course.
Center of The Universe
When Not Being Stupid Is Not Enough
You Were Right
Carry The Zero
In The Morning
I Would Hurt A Fly