Built To Spill's Martsch Recovering From Surgery
Built To Spill's new Warner Bros. album, "You in Reverse," hit stores on Tuesday, but frontman Doug Martsch was not out celebrating.Built To Spill's new Warner Bros. album, "You in Reverse," hit stores on Tuesday, but frontman Doug Martsch was not out celebrating. Instead, he spent the day largely immobile, following his doctor's mandate as he recovers from a major operation to repair a detached retina.
As previously reported, the surgery forced Built To Spill to postpone its spring tour, which will now get underway June 9 in Calgary, Alberta. "I had the surgery on Feb. 20," Martsch tells Billboard.com. "I'm still healing. They put a gas bubble in my eye to hold the retina in place. For the first three weeks, I had to have my face parallel to the ground all the time. I slept on a massage table. Then, after that, there were three weeks where I couldn't really see out of the eye."
At this point, Martsch has regained vision in the eye but is resigned to the possibility that his sight may never return to its pre-surgery strength. He's looking forward to starting rehearsals with Built To Spill at the end of the month as well as indulging his passion for the NBA (he's a Detroit Pistons fanatic) from the comfort of his own Boise, Idaho, home.
"This is the first spring I've been at home in three years," he says. "It's kind of the only nice time weather-wise in this town. I also get to watch the [NBA] playoffs without going to weird sports bars."
At the upcoming BTS shows, Martsch will be selling a seven-song disc from his Boise Cover Band, titled "Unoriginal Artists." The set sports covers of David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes," an instrumental take on the Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang" and Captain Beefheart's "I'm Glad," among others.
"My friend Pete from Up Records did the artwork," Martsch says. "It's a cover of a cover. He designed it based on a K-Tel Record, so it says, "not seen on TV."