Doug Martsch

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Doug Martsch
Background information
Born 1969
Origin Boise, Idaho
Genres Indie rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Electric guitar, vocals
Years active 1988–present
Labels Up
Associated acts Built to Spill, Treepeople

Doug Martsch (born 1969) is an American musician. A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Martsch is best known for his distinctive vocals and guitar style in the band Built to Spill. He has also worked with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening in The Halo Benders. His first band was Farm Days, with Andy Capps and Brett Nelson in the early 80's. His second band was Treepeople, with whom he released three albums and two EPs. Martsch has been the lead of Built to Spill since 1992.

With Built to Spill, Martsch developed a reputation as a preeminent indie rock guitarist. Martsch's guitar style blends rock, pop, blues and folk. His influences include J Mascis, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Caustic Resin, Mississippi Fred McDowell, David Bowie,SLAM DUNK, and Neil Young.[1]

In 2002, he released his first solo album, Now You Know, to critical acclaim.

Martsch is a vegetarian.[2] He is married to Built to Spill co-lyricist Karena Youtz, the sister of former Built to Spill member Ralf Youtz.

In 2011, Martsch contributed to a tribute album to The Smiths entitled "Please, please, please... " with a cover of Reel Around The Fountain.


  1. ^ Allmusic profile of Built to Spill
  2. ^ The 2008 World's Sexiest Vegetarians Are… // Out There // peta2

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