SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Built to Spill, Postbahnhof, 7:30pm
If there’s any one item that tops the list of things fans of veteran indie rock bands fear the most, it might just be that the beloved band breaks up. But luckily for Built to Spill enthusiasts, even minor hiatuses and the departure of the rhythm section in the past year couldn’t force Doug Martsch to call it quits. Not yet anyway.
Of course, the line-up change did slow things down; most notable is the fact that studio album number eight will be delayed. Prior to the drummer and bassist going their own separate ways, the band had written 10 songs for a new album, the follow-up to 2009′s There Is No Enemy, which hit number 50 on the U.S. Billboard charts. But Martsch, the creative genius behind the band, promptly threw them out. His reasoning is that the music didn’t excite him, but maybe the contributions of new members, Steve Gere and Jason Albertini, will. Together, the band has prepared a few dozen songs, including covers, to perform on the road, which will hopefully be enough to keep the fans satisfied until a new album arrives. Natalye Childress
Fritzclub im Postbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243, Berlin; 0 30 69 81 28 0; S: Ostbahnhof; admission €18.