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San Diego, United States (1998 – present)

Pinback are an indie rock band from San Diego, California, currently signed to Temporary Residence Ltd.. The band was formed in 1998 by singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Armistead Burwell Smith IV (also known as Zach Smith, a former member of Three Mile Pilot and the primary member of Systems Officer) and Rob Crow formerly of Thingy, Heavy Vegetable, and Goblin Cock. First acquainted as roommates, they began making recordings in their home, playing along to pre-recorded beats. Today, the band has 2 drummers that switch off and on, Chris Prescott, and Tom Zinser. Other members of Pinback past and present are: Terrin Durfey, Eric Hoversten, Ryan Bromley, Cameron Jones, Kenseth Thideau, Gabriel Voiles, Dmitri Dziensuwski, Donny Van Zandt, and Thatcher Orbitachi.

Zach Smith is noted for his unique style of bass-playing, as he combines strumming (the most prevalent of his techniques), popping, and slapping. He uses an Alembic Stanley Clarke bass and is currently working on a solo project entitled Systems Officer. Smith tends to write most of the instrumental parts of Pinback’s songs while Rob Crow’s forte is lyric-writing. At their concerts, they are known for giving away limited edition tour EPs. Both feel strongly about keeping their music in the independent scene, free from excessive media attention and corporate pressures that could affect the band’s original sound.


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  • hurricanejoe

    Loro is life.

    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • IanTDCFC

    They were in Dallas last month. I missed it. I hate myself for it. Talby, Bbtone, Soaked, Boo and Crutch are in my top 5.

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • wakeupintokyo

    it was so sweet to see these boys play a couple of weeks ago in dallas. i bought rob crow a whiskey on the rocks, and forgave my extreme awkwardness andhe was quite lovely. i've always loved them, but damn. i just stand in awe of their musicianship. ever since the show, i've fallen into this deep obsession of listening to them more and more. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. this is music.

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • beatmastermatt

    One of the most underrated bands around.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • shadrach_451

    Oh man, guys. Guys. Don't miss "Grey Machine". It's hidden at the end of the Offcell EP, and it's possibly Pinback's magnum opus. 11 minutes of masterful music. I'm a huge Pinback fan, and some how I almost missed out on this song. Don't mess up guys. This is important.

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • samjw

    finally got a pinback shirt in my size. it was expensive. but it was worth it.

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • xmewithoutyou

    amazing band

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • WS9167

    All Pinback fans should listen to Heavy Vegetable.

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Fevered17

    They make me want to live on the west coast even more. They're always playing shows in Cali... Unfair! We still love you guys on the east coast, I swear!

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Hukne

    nothing like listening to Pinback on lazy comfy winter days

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    For the love of god please come to Poland/Brazil/[insert country] [2]

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CS_Cuillere

    For the love of god please come to Finland

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    Pinback is perfection.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DantonRamone

    isso é massa

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • robot_boy71

    Edmonton and Calgary coming up!!!! yay!!!! Haven't seen them in 5's about bloody time!!!

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Pace_of_ossify

    one of my fav band, the story so far covered Loro, check it out yo!! DOPE

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    sometimes i can't bring myself to call these dudes "indie rock" since they just have this indefinable quality that permeates their music and separates them from so many other bands out there. if that makes any sense. PS ETE and MTB? FTW.

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • moogie_shoople

    dear pinback, Would you consider playing in maui when you come to the hawaiian islands? venue arrangements would be easy and you can sleep on my couch. I promise you turtles and waterfalls and beers in return. please, please. its incredibly rare to have such an awesome band come all the way out here. sincerely, yours

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rhorewyn

    They are quickly growing to one of my favorite bands, all their stuff is just great.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • tomunderground

    Summer in Abaddon>Blue Screen Life = Autumn of the Seraphs>Information Retrieved Remember the Summer in Abaddon.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
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