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

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