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Pinback

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, Rovi
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Pinback do ACL. I will go.
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Pinback is amazing!!! Saw them at mr smalls in pittsburgh last year, Armistead is super nice i got to talk to him for a second i was very drunk and forgot to tell him how awesome he was!
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gabriela.lop e z 7 5 9 9
I love his music! my uncle rob amazes me (-:
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gmastaj
Love my hometown band! Great tunes!
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I've been listening to Pinback for years now and they still amaze me
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dudepga
coming 2 san diego in Jan
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Greatest band ever!!!!!! Their melody is out of this world...
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Pandora would do well to make this band a platform of how they introduce great new music to us better than any radio or social platform could hope.
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This band, it just is purely amazing
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Deserves much more likes...
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One of the most underrated bands ever. Love them.
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I heart this! Never heard of them, it's really awesome!! :-)
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Sediment shows the band is still evolving and becoming much more professional . Nice work gentlemen!
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PINBACK
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This band consistently amazes
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Pinback is so completely unique from anything else I have ever heard. I am obsessed with music: past present, genre or sound. And Pinback is miles above all else


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Saw them live in Orlando last year. Armistead is an amazing bass player. I haven't seen many play the Bass like multiple instruments, but he pulls it off with that distinct sound. And Rob has the voice of an angel locked in a biker's body. Dude is pretty grungy haha.
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Every album has 3-4 block busters! I made a greatest hits and the band is like the greatest band of all time! Proceed to Memory is new gold BTW!
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whitehawkwin g
Awesome band :)
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Pandora comments make me piss myself...shu t the f**k up
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nugget1292
Cannot even understand how great these dudes are.
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Also love them, But all there songs tend to sound the same...whome v e r is in the band...not a bad thing......o r . . . . . . . . .
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Love em
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whitehawkwin g
This is one of the best bands ever! :)
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These guys are way too rad to be struggling as musicians. Get their name out, because this is some amazing s**t right here.
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@esp2004slt I remember Three Mile Pilot band used to play all the time wayy back in the day in San Diego
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STILL love you, Pinback.
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Pinback!!! What else needs to be said
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Not to many of us out there left
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Sender is my favorite song but these guys are duper de super.
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PINBACK is such an awesome band!!!
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Follow me and I'll follow you back.
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PINBACK is such a great band!!!
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goraska4
super stoked to see them in Eugene, OR this saturday. Random stop on their way to Portland.
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Listen to Three Mile Pilot!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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iradovitskiy
This is great. More!
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best band
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Pinback? not bad.... better imho: Hudson Bell, Calexico, Sun Kil Moon, Shins, Avalanches.. . .
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God Yes. I just discovered this moments ago through Minus the Bear's Pandora page. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
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Definitely started a station on these guys and their other bands listed in bio...
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Love the mellowness of this!!!
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Listen to Three Mile Pilot!!!!!!! ! ! !
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@Indie girl.....yes very indie choices you have their haha
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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Awesome band!!!
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Pinback and The Postal Service will ALWAYS be tied for first in my favorite band slot. But usually Pinback wins, more albums, and a MUCH better live performance. I got addicted from the song Fortress on Summer in Abadon. and from there, i've never been able to stop. I own all of their songs, taking up a big chunk of a stronghold on my iPod.

Their music is SO very beautiful. I would strongly argue that if you can feel the emotion, Pinback has a song that matches the feeling perfectly.
Wish mor
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onegoldengir l
whoa, pandora has been updating! yay, more pinback tunes!
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Love the sound of pinback,such an awesome band!!
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