A recently completed pedestrian tunnel under Lewiston’s Snake River Avenue is starring in a new music video.The Lewiston band Capi Kills Cotton jams inside the 58-foot-long, 16-foot-wide tunnel in the live acoustic video “Built To Spill (Meant To Crash).” The band has been practicing in the tunnel since last spring when members discovered it was a great example of a reverberation chamber . The rounded metal ceiling captures the music and bounces it back from the concrete floor.
“It’s a real live sound. It feels like you’re inside the music, if that makes any sense,” 21-year-old bassist Tony Trujillo of Moscow told the Lewiston Tribune last month when the video was filmed.
Singer Guy Johnston of Lewiston said his bandmate, Dave Flores, called him one day early last spring while walking through the tunnel and told him it was a great place for music. Flores held out his phone and yelled and from the echo Johnston said he could hear he was right. The two had been practicing at the Pioneer Park band shell. Since then they’ve moved to the tunnel, where they can often be found playing indie rock into the dark hours of the night.
Occasionally people ride through on bikes, Johnston said. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, good place to play.’ ”
Capi Kills Cotton was one of the opening bands at this year’s Rockin’ on the River in Clarkston. Besides Flores, Johnston, and Trujillo, the group includes drummer Cory Burke of Pomeroy.