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Pinback

While a rotating cast of instrumentalists find loose assembly under the Pinback name, the partnership of Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow is at the heart of some of the most complex, postmodern indie pop happening on the West Coast. In the first few days of 1998, Armistead Burwell Smith IV (of San Diego-based 3 Mile Pilot) and Robert Crow (of Thingy and Heavy Vegetable) formed a part-time recording project under the name Pinback. The simple plan grew more involved while 3 Mile Pilot took an indefinite hiatus and Crow put a number of his musical projects on hold. Recording on Smith's hom ...read more

While a rotating cast of instrumentalists find loose assembly under the Pinback name, the partnership of Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow is at the heart of some of the most complex, postmodern indie pop happening on the West Coast. In the first few days of 1998, Armistead Burwell Smith IV (of San Diego-based 3 Mile Pilot) and Robert Crow (of Thingy and Heavy Vegetable) formed a part-time recording project under the name Pinback. The simple plan grew more involved while 3 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 3 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/Ker 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, who 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 low-fi and elemental side of the band 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 from Pinback. Gone was the frilly rock nonesense. Instead, Pinback went for more of a melodic nature with classic indie flair. Absolutely Kosher released Offcell in June of 2003, and the band made their Touch & Go debut with Summer in Abaddon in fall 2004. Pinback continued to slowly push themselves a bit further with complex song structure while maintaining their indie-pop sensibilities. In June 2007, a leaked version of their Autumn of the Seraphs appeared on download sites -- three months early. The official release date for Autumn of the Seraphs is slated for Sep. 11, 2007. « hide

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LPs
Information Retrieved
10/16/2012

3.7
40 Votes
Autumn of the Seraphs
2007

3.6
128 Votes
Summer in Abaddon
2004

4.1
190 Votes
Blue Screen Life
2001

4
160 Votes
This is a Pinback CD
1999

4
80 Votes
EPs
Information Retrieved Pt. A
2011

3.8
7 Votes
Tour EP 2008
2008

4
5 Votes
Too Many Shadows
2004

3.1
6 Votes
Offcell
2003

4.1
39 Votes
Arrive - Having Eaten
2003

3.1
5 Votes
Some Voices
2002

3.7
18 Votes
More or Less Live in a Few Different Places
2002

3
3 Votes
This Is a Pinback Tour EP
2001

2.5
3 Votes
Live in Donny's Garage
2000

3.2
3 Votes
Compilations
Nautical Antiques
2006

3.7
14 Votes

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