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

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