Sept. 12, 2002
Doug Martsch To Tour Solo with New Album
By Randy J. Klodz
Built to Spill vocalist and guitarist Doug Martsch will be one busy man in
the next few weeks: His tour has him playing 24 shows, in 24 nights—with
three of those shows in Chicago—and his first solo album "Now You Know"
will be released on Sept. 17.
It's not often that performers will chose such a rigorous touring schedule,
but Martsch feels that it's the best way for him to tour. "We don't like to
go out for very long, so when we go out we usually will play every day," said
Martsch. "If we're out on the road we might as well be playing."
Martsch's tour brings him and his acoustic guitar to the Mercury Theater
for three consecutive nights, from Oct. 6-8. Few artists hit a city and play
many dates while in town, yet Martsch has a true attraction to Chicago. "People
are willing to come out for three nights [in Chicago] and I have family there,"
said Martsch. The Mercury Theater is at 3745 N. Southport Ave., and tickets
for each of the three shows are $15. Martsch will be playing with Mike Johnson
and Ian Waters supporting.
Martsch does not have a pre-selected set list for any date on his tour,
but he plans to play three or four songs off his "Now I Know" album, some
Built to Spill songs and a slew of random covers. "I know maybe 40 or 50 songs
and I have a songbook and I kind of flip through it and play whatever seems
good to play at the moment," said Martsch.
"Now You Know," Martsch's debut solo project, showcases the guitar finesse
of Martsch on what could be a soundtrack for anybody looking for soothing
acoustic melodies and smooth vocals. "Dream" starts off much like a country
sing along, with Martsch finger picking his acoustic guitar while dreamily
singing "Can't we control this dream / Make amends with lover's constructs
/ Quieting the roar of doom."
Martsch often delves into the pit of his emotions, without screaming
or even raising his voice. On "Heart (Things Never Said)" Martsch quietly
strums his guitar with his emoting vocals echoing "I hung around like a another
pronoun / Familiar but lacking a name." "Now You Know" will be in stores on
Martsch's solo tour ends on Oct. 28 at X-Scape in Salt Lake City. Martsch
hopes to join his Built to Spill band mates and start writing songs in the