|Birth name||Douglas G. Martsch|
September 16, 1969 |
Twin Falls, Idaho, U.S.
|Origin||Boise, Idaho, U.S.|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion|
|Associated acts||Built to Spill, Treepeople, Halo Benders|
Martsch's first band was Farm Days, with Andy Capps and Brett Nelson in the early 1980s. His second band was Treepeople, with whom he released three albums and two EPs. He has been the lead singer and guitarist of Built to Spill since 1992. With Built to Spill, he developed a reputation as a preeminent indie rock guitarist; his guitar playing style blends rock, pop, blues, and folk. His influences include J Mascis, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Caustic Resin, Mississippi Fred McDowell, David Bowie, and Neil Young.
In 2002, Martsch released his first solo album, Now You Know, to critical acclaim. In 2011, he contributed to a tribute album to The Smiths entitled "Please, please, please... " with a cover of "Reel Around The Fountain."
- Ear Candy EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Doug Martsch at SeattlePI.com, November 10, 2006
- Martsch interview at CityPages.com, September 6, 2006
- Extensive interview with Martsch on public radio program/podcast The Sound of Young America, June 17, 2006
- "Martsch Is GOD": An Interview With Doug Martsch at PopMatters.com, October 15, 2002
- Short review of album Doug played and sang on with Boise Cover Band
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