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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.   How We Breathe
  12.   Concrete Seconds
  13.   Hurley
  14.   Crutch
  15.   Walters
  16.   Torch
  17.   Off by 50
  18.   Talby
  19.   Sherman
  20.   X I Y
  21.   Some Voices
  22.   B
  23.   Offcell
  24.   Microtonic Wave
  25.   Tres
  26.   West
  27.   Grey Machine
  28.   Victorious D
  29.   Trainer
  30.   Your Sickness
  31.   Rousseau
  32.   Bbtone
  33.   June
  34.   Boo
  35.   Prog
  36.   Manchuria
  37.   Shag
  38.   His Phase
  39.   True North
  40.   Chaos Engine
  41.   A Request
  42.   Subbing for Eden
  43.   Blue Harvest
  44.   Devil You Know
  45.   Clemenceau
  46.   Messenger
  47.   Soaked
  48.   This Red Book
  49.   Bloods on Fire
  50.   Avignon
  51.   Kylie
  52.   Bouquet
  53.   Tripoli
  54.   Autumn of the Seraphs
  55.   Montaigne
  56.   3X0
  57.   Diminished
  58.   Syracuse
  59.   Byzantine
  60.   I'm a Pretty Lady
  61.   Wasted
  62.   Sediment
  63.   The Yellow Ones
  64.   Victorius D
  65.   Lyon
  66.   Versailles
  67.   Charborg
  68.   Denslow, You Idiot!
  69.   Sender
  70.   Afk
  71.   Barnes
  72.   Glide
  73.   Drawstring
  74.   Water Run
  75.   Thee Srum Proggitt
  76.   Anti-Hu

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