I lost interest in Built to Spill so long ago I can barely recall ever enjoying it. But before Doug Martsch opted to bore audiences with drawn-out Neil Young wankfest solos, he used to be in a band that actually rocked.
Treepeople hailed from Seattle before the Nirvana explosion. Its 1989 debut on Toxic Shock records, Guilt Regret Embarrassment, mined a power-pop and grunge aesthetic that mixed busy, dueling guitars with a raspy vocal urgency. The band’s unique formula of spastic rock and aggressive hooks was perfected on its second full-length, 1993’s Just Kidding, on Seattle’s C/Z records, after the release of which the band fell apart due to in-fighting. And that’s when Martsch began his decent into blah-sville.
This video is the title track off the Something Vicious for Tomorrow EP, which was released in 1992 and featured a sarcastic and whiny cover of The Smiths’ “Bigmouth Strikes Again.”