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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

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

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