Built To Spill hits the road with new lineup

Warner Bros. Records issued a press release today about Boise band Built To Spill's upcoming tour. One interesting revelation from the release: longtime bassist Brett Nelson and drummer Scott Plouf no longer are with the band.

Thinking it was a good time to check in for an update, I put in a request for a phoner with frontman Doug Martsch, whom I haven't interviewed in years. I was politely turned down -- at least until the new record is out, I am told by Warners. That's a long way off; no date has been set for the album's release. (Heck, maybe someone can ask Martsch a few fast questions if they bump into him at Radio Boise or Neurolux.)

Here's the press release:

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BUILT TO SPILL ANNOUNCE 2013 TOUR DATES

New Members Steve Gere and Jason Albertini Join Doug Martsch and Co. On The Road For February 2013 Tour

Jan. 7, 2013 - (Burbank, CA) - Built To Spill, one of the most endearing and enduring bands of our generation, has announced its first live shows of 2013 - a run that hits the Pacific Northwest (including two shows at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge), British Columbia, and two hometown shows in Boise, Idaho in February.

Vocalist/guitarist Doug Martsch, and guitarists Brett Netson and Jim Roth, will be joined on the road by new band members Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass) who replace departing drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson. The shift in line up is completely amicable. Scott and Brett remain our dear friends and we wish them well on their future ventures.

Built to Spill released its most recent album There Is No Enemy in October 2009. It was the band's first album since 2006's You In Reverse. Previous studio albums include 2001's Ancient Melodies of the Future, 1999's Keep It Like A Secret, and their major-label debut, 1997's Perfect From Now On. In 2012 Built to Spill remain an influential force in compositionally intelligent, lyrically thoughtful, melodic, guitar-centric rock music

Built to Spill's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Jan 31 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

Feb 1 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

Feb 2 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo

Feb 5 Victoria, BC Sugar Nightclub

Feb 6 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre

Feb 8 Pullman, WA Bell Tower

Feb 9 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater

Feb 10 La Grande, OR Big Green Barn

Feb 11 Boise, ID Neurolux

Feb 12 Boise, ID The Crux