- Leticia Christina
Boise is no stranger to Built to Spill shows. The local band may have a seemingly permanent place on the national stage, but it has kept its Idaho roots.
Built to Spill's next Idaho show, however, is a little different than most, as all proceeds from the concert will go to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Built to Spill is playing the Egyptian Theater Sunday, July 28. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The show is all ages, but there will be a bar selling drinks for concert goers 21 years of age and older.
Wendy Young, development director for the hotline, said the concert will not only raise funds for the hotline, but also raise awareness.
"We have been doing more and more outreach in the county to recruit more volunteers," she said.
Right now, there are 80 volunteers with someone there to respond to those in need around the clock. Due to an increased call volume in the past few years, however, she hopes they can hit 100 volunteers sometime soon.
Last year, the hotline received 14,000 calls, texts and messages. That's a 30% increase from 2017, she said. To handle that volume, Young hopes more will volunteer as the organization becomes more well known. While the hotline has had other benefits, none have been this large or featured such a prominent artist, Young said. "This is pretty new, especially on this scale," she said. "This will be, by far, the largest concert we've ever been engaged with."
Built to Spill is known for its strange, oftentimes-vague lyrics and gazey guitar tones. While the band's sound is often relaxed and laid back in its recorded material, its live performances can be loud and raucous, but the music still maintains its precise tone.
It has been a while since Built to Spill formed in Boise, and a lot of things have changed. The band is an anomaly. While the band signed to major label Warner Brothers for its 1997 album Perfect From Now On, and has stayed with that label since, band leader Doug Martsch has retained creative control of the music.
Martsch is the only constant member of the band. The lineup has changed routinely over the years, which helps bring in new ideas and sounds, Martsch has said previously.
"When you change the lineup you've got to rehearse a lot. But it's fun to play with different people and it's interesting to hear their take on the music," he said.
Recently, Martsch has been backed by Orua, which is also playing the Egyptian on Sunday evening. Orua made its Idaho debut at Treefort this year, bringing a considerably fuzzier and more distorted tone than Built to Spill's tracks. Orua made the journey around the U.S. and Europe after Treefort, but is landing back in the City of Trees.
Dirt Russell, a local group, is a local rock group reminiscent of a punk version of Black Sabbath.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, please reach out for help by calling or texting the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357. All calls are confidential and anonymous.