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

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