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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

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Pop Rock

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Fortress
  3.   Penelope
  4.   Loro
  5.   Good to Sea
  6.   Proceed to Memory
  7.   Concrete Seconds
  8.   Non Photo-Blue
  9.   Offline P.K.
  10.   Seville
  11.   How We Breathe
  12.   From Nothing To Nowhere
  13.   Sherman
  14.   Hurley
  15.   Torch
  16.   Off by 50
  17.   Walters
  18.   Trainer
  19.   Grey Machine
  20.   Tres
  21.   B
  22.   Rousseau
  23.   Manchuria
  24.   Some Voices
  25.   June
  26.   Bbtone
  27.   Victorious D
  28.   Boo
  29.   West
  30.   Microtonic Wave
  31.   Offcell
  32.   Prog
  33.   X I Y
  34.   Your Sickness
  35.   Talby
  36.   Sediment
  37.   Charborg
  38.   Water Run
  39.   Thee Srum Proggitt
  40.   Denslow, You Idiot!
  41.   His Phase
  42.   Autumn of the Seraphs
  43.   Barnes
  44.   Shag
  45.   A Request
  46.   True North
  47.   I'm a Pretty Lady
  48.   Bouquet
  49.   Devil You Know
  50.   Avignon
  51.   The Yellow Ones
  52.   Syracuse
  53.   Sender
  54.   Crutch
  55.   Messenger
  56.   Glide
  57.   Clemenceau
  58.   Versailles
  59.   Chaos Engine
  60.   Victorius D
  61.   Diminished
  62.   Kylie
  63.   Afk
  64.   3 X 0
  65.   Bloods on Fire
  66.   Byzantine
  67.   Wasted
  68.   Anti-Hu
  69.   Tripoli
  70.   Blue Harvest
  71.   This Red Book
  72.   Soaked
  73.   Subbing for Eden
  74.   Montaigne
  75.   Lyon
  76.   Drawstring
  77.   Serge
  78.   Three Strum Proggitt
  79.   CLOAD Q
  80.   This Red Rock
  81.   Todo

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