Built To Spill
Who would have guessed that one of the more influential indie rock bands of the 1990s would emerge from Boise, Idaho? That's exactly what happened in the case of Built To Spill, who started out as a somewhat ragged, lo-fi outfit. By '97, though, they had graduated to the majors and adopted a drastically more sophisticated sound incorporating a strong '60s influence. Concurrently, leader Doug Martsch also worked with Beat Happening's Calvin Johnson in the Halo Benders. Martsch released his first solo album in 2002, by which time Built To Spill had inspired tons of younger alt-rock and emo bands.