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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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    '00s Indie

    '00s Indie
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    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    2 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Pop Rock

    1 song

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.   Walters
  15.   Off by 50
  16.   Torch
  17.   Hurley
  18.   June
  19.   X I Y
  20.   Your Sickness
  21.   Prog
  22.   Rousseau
  23.   Grey Machine
  24.   B
  25.   Victorious D
  26.   Tres
  27.   West
  28.   Manchuria
  29.   Trainer
  30.   Bbtone
  31.   Offcell
  32.   Talby
  33.   Microtonic Wave
  34.   Boo
  35.   Some Voices
  36.   Syracuse
  37.   Devil You Know
  38.   Avignon
  39.   Tripoli
  40.   Barnes
  41.   Crutch
  42.   Glide
  43.   True North
  44.   Subbing for Eden
  45.   Versailles
  46.   Sediment
  47.   Autumn of the Seraphs
  48.   Thee Srum Proggitt
  49.   Lyon
  50.   A Request
  51.   Diminished
  52.   Drawstring
  53.   I'm a Pretty Lady
  54.   Byzantine
  55.   Messenger
  56.   The Yellow Ones
  57.   Bloods on Fire
  58.   Afk
  59.   Denslow, You Idiot!
  60.   Water Run
  61.   Chaos Engine
  62.   3 X 0
  63.   Kylie
  64.   Charborg
  65.   Montaigne
  66.   Sender
  67.   Wasted
  68.   Clemenceau
  69.   Bouquet
  70.   His Phase
  71.   This Red Book
  72.   Soaked
  73.   Shag
  74.   Anti-Hu
  75.   Blue Harvest
  76.   Serge
  77.   Three Strum Proggitt
  78.   CLOAD Q
  79.   Victorius D
  80.   This Red Rock
  81.   Todo

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