When: 7.00pm on Saturday 24 November
Where: The Roadhouse, 8 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN
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 the some of the most complex, postmodern indiepop happening on the West Coast.
In the first few days of 1998, Armistead Burwell Smith IV (of San Diego-based Three Mile Pilot) and Rob Crow (of Thingy and Heavy Vegetable) formed a part-time recording project under the name Pinback. Recording on Smith’s home computer, by the following August Pinback had finished recording 14 songs of delicate, canonic pop.
Pinback 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.
Blue Screen Life, the band’s second studio effort, exuded something more musically pure from Pinback. Gone was the frilly rock nonsense. 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 2004. In 2007 the follow-up, Autumn of the Seraphs, is sure to bring Pinback their largest audiences yet.
Support comes in the form of Dublin’s the Dudley Corporation, who are a must-hear band for any discerning Pinback fan, and Oxford’s This Town Needs Guns (Big Scary Monsters Records). Between them they’re travelling almost 300 miles to play – so be sure to arrive early!
Please note this is Pinback’s only UK date outside of London.