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While a rotating cast of instrumentalists finds loose assembly under the Pinback name, the partnership of Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow is at the heart of the some of the most complex, postmodern indie pop happening on the West Coast. In the first few days of 1998, Smith (of San Diego-based Three Mile Pilot) and Crow (of Thingy and Heavy Vegetable) formed a part-time recording project under the name Pinback. The simple plan grew more involved while Three Mile Pilot took an indefinite hiatus and Crow put a number of his musical projects on hold. Recording on Smith's home computer, the duo enlisted Three Mile Pilot drummer Tom Zinsor, and by the following August, Pinback had finished recording 14 songs of delicate, canonic pop that was tentatively slated for release on San Diego's Vinyl Communications. However, when interest in the band skyrocketed after a Tim/Kerr label showcase at the North by Northwest Music Festival, the record got tied up in a bidding war that caused a slew of contractual problems and held the record in limbo for almost a full year. When they were eventually cleared from all former obligations, Pinback finally signed with New Jersey's Ace Fu Records, which released their eponymous debut in early 1999, almost a full year after it was recorded. With their long histories in West Coast indie circles and the marriage of the players' diverse musical backgrounds, Pinback scored immediate critical success. The Some Voices EP that followed the next year on Tree Records displayed a slightly more lo-fi and elemental side of Pinback while building on the intelligently constructed songcraft of their eponymous debut. Blue Screen Life, the band's second studio effort, exuded something more musically pure. Gone was the frilly rock nonsense; instead, Pinback went for more of a melodic nature with classic indie flair. Pinback made their Touch & Go debut in fall 2004 with Summer in Abaddon, which saw the bandmembers continue slowly to push themselves a bit further with complex song structures while maintaining their indie pop sensibilities. Two years later, the band issued Nautical Antiques, a collection of rarities and B-sides spanning from 1998 to 2001. Their second album for Touch & Go, Autumn of the Seraphs, followed in 2007. Though it would be five years before Pinback followed up, their 2012 album, Information Retrieved, found them easily settling into their melodic groove. In 2015, Crow announced his intent to severely reduce his musical activities following the completion of in-progress recordings. ~ Nate Cavalieri
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Penelope
  3.   Fortress
  4.   Loro
  5.   Good to Sea
  6.   Proceed to Memory
  7.   From Nothing To Nowhere
  8.   Seville
  9.   Non Photo-Blue
  10.   Offline P.K.
  11.   Concrete Seconds
  12.   How We Breathe
  13.   Crutch
  14.   Hurley
  15.   Walters
  16.   Off by 50
  17.   Torch
  18.   Some Voices
  19.   B
  20.   Tres
  21.   Talby
  22.   Rousseau
  23.   Your Sickness
  24.   June
  25.   Grey Machine
  26.   Microtonic Wave
  27.   Manchuria
  28.   Boo
  29.   Victorious D
  30.   Sherman
  31.   Prog
  32.   Trainer
  33.   Bbtone
  34.   Offcell
  35.   West
  36.   X I Y
  37.   Chaos Engine
  38.   A Request
  39.   Glide
  40.   True North
  41.   I'm a Pretty Lady
  42.   Bouquet
  43.   Byzantine
  44.   Afk
  45.   This Red Book
  46.   Syracuse
  47.   Shag
  48.   Charborg
  49.   Subbing for Eden
  50.   Avignon
  51.   Anti-Hu
  52.   Messenger
  53.   Soaked
  54.   Victorius D
  55.   Clemenceau
  56.   The Yellow Ones
  57.   Sender
  58.   Thee Srum Proggitt
  59.   Lyon
  60.   Kylie
  61.   Tripoli
  62.   Bloods on Fire
  63.   Denslow, You Idiot!
  64.   Wasted
  65.   Versailles
  66.   Drawstring
  67.   3X0
  68.   His Phase
  69.   Blue Harvest
  70.   Water Run
  71.   Devil You Know
  72.   Barnes
  73.   Diminished
  74.   Montaigne
  75.   Autumn of the Seraphs
  76.   Sediment
  77.   Serge
  78.   Three Strum Proggitt
  79.   CLOAD Q
  80.   This Red Rock
  81.   Todo
  82.   oaked

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