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

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