Thursday, February 2, 2023

In Photos: Built to Spill at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

WILMINGTON — A ’90s favorite blasted Greenfield Lake Amphitheater last week. Built to Spill — Doug Martsch as lead singer/guitar player, backed by bassist Melanie Radford and drummer Teresa Esguerra — powered through eight songs after its two opening acts.

The trio’s one founding member, Martsch, formed the group in Boise, Idaho, in 1992 with the intention of switching out bandmates. Throughout the years, almost a dozen players have performed as Built to Spill.

One of its opening bands is Brazilian outfit Oruã, which backed Built to Spill in 2019. Another three-piece from Boise, The French Taps, known to play “disco damaged dance punk,” also joined the bill.

BTS was touring in support of their latest album, “When the Wind Forgets Your Name” (Sub Pop), released Sept. 9, the day of the show.

“There was an issue with the sound at the start of the first song,” photographer Tom Dorgan, who was there to get photos for PCD, said. “As the band was working it out, one energetic fan took it upon themselves to continue singing the song. Not sure how the band felt about that rendition — luckily, the sound issues were taken care of quickly.”

Below is the setlist and Dorgan’s scenes from the show.

The Plan
Carry the Zero
Virginia Reel Around the Fountain (The Halo Benders cover)
The Mountain (Heartless Bastards cover)
I Would Hurt a Fly
Gonna Lose (with Tom Sawyer intro)
Fool’s Gold


The French Tips 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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