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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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    Relax Trax
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    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Pop Rock

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Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Fortress
  3.   Penelope
  4.   Loro
  5.   Good to Sea
  6.   Proceed to Memory
  7.   Non Photo-Blue
  8.   Concrete Seconds
  9.   Offline P.K.
  10.   Seville
  11.   How We Breathe
  12.   From Nothing To Nowhere
  13.   Sherman
  14.   Torch
  15.   Off by 50
  16.   Hurley
  17.   Walters
  18.   Trainer
  19.   June
  20.   Grey Machine
  21.   Tres
  22.   Your Sickness
  23.   X I Y
  24.   Talby
  25.   Bbtone
  26.   Manchuria
  27.   Microtonic Wave
  28.   Offcell
  29.   Rousseau
  30.   Victorious D
  31.   Some Voices
  32.   West
  33.   Prog
  34.   B
  35.   Boo
  36.   3 X 0
  37.   Versailles
  38.   Messenger
  39.   Water Run
  40.   Lyon
  41.   Glide
  42.   Syracuse
  43.   Shag
  44.   Drawstring
  45.   Subbing for Eden
  46.   Bouquet
  47.   Avignon
  48.   Anti-Hu
  49.   The Yellow Ones
  50.   Soaked
  51.   Montaigne
  52.   Crutch
  53.   Charborg
  54.   I'm a Pretty Lady
  55.   Clemenceau
  56.   Tripoli
  57.   Blue Harvest
  58.   Wasted
  59.   Barnes
  60.   Afk
  61.   Victorius D
  62.   Sender
  63.   Diminished
  64.   This Red Book
  65.   Sediment
  66.   Thee Srum Proggitt
  67.   Byzantine
  68.   Denslow, You Idiot!
  69.   Devil You Know
  70.   Autumn of the Seraphs
  71.   Kylie
  72.   Chaos Engine
  73.   His Phase
  74.   Bloods on Fire
  75.   A Request
  76.   True North
  77.   Serge
  78.   Three Strum Proggitt
  79.   CLOAD Q
  80.   This Red Rock
  81.   Todo

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