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Album Review

Someone passed a law a while back that every band must have a side project — or two — instead of living and dying within their own confines. So it is that this duo shares members with the estimable Three Mile Pilot. For once, however, there's ample inspiration to go around, as this LP is a fine little feather in the caps of Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow. The album is a bit of a one-trick-pony, with little to distinguish texturally between one song and the next, but what a nice little trick it is. Tempos are slow while not succumbing to heaving slowcore, atmospheres are gentle without being glib, the sound is direct but not blunt. As guitars pick deliberately like roosters picking up seed, and drums and bass pitter-patter, the vocals come in with two-part harmonies and double-tracked melodies that winnow along with the leisurely air. An unobtrusive beauty like fall foliage in New England is created, with the hint of winter around the corner in the occasional nippy organ or more knelling rhythm ("Crutch"). Good.

Customer Reviews


loro is my favorite song of all time. whenever im just sitting in my car i recline my chair and put it on full blast. all stress and problems go away. just buy this cd. and fortress on their other cd. pinback is the best.

Indie Anthems

You must own this album...a must for all Indie Rock fans. Great enveloping melodies and memorable bass lines that keeps the music in your head. Simple and to the point drumming with carefully crafted keys and percussion.

first release grabs you immediately...

Literally, as soon as Tripoli begins, you are smothered in smooth layers of amazing bass lines, accompanied perfectly by bouncing guitar riffs that compliment each note, rounded out by some of the most luring vocal arrangements I have ever heard. It's hard to pinpoint which songs I'd choose to listen to first - the entire album is near perfection played as a whole. I'm not one to make overzealous claims, but this album easily makes my "desert island 5"... Many argue that this first release is their best, and I'd be hard-pressed to disagree. Seriously, buy this, put it on, and just let go... if you are even remotely moved by music every so often, this album will serve you well, and you will return shortly to purchase all of their other releases.....


Formed: 1998 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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