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Do you remember the brilliance that is Pinback? Let the first ever solo EP from member Armistead Burwell Smith IV (aka Zach) refresh your memory. Capturing the essence of Pinback’s greatness, including the ease in which songs flow from obscure lightness to all-encompassing dark, Zach’s solo endeavor is not one to be missed. Ace Fu Records proudly releases this five song EP on May 11, 2004. Zach began his decade plus career in independent music with San Diego’s legendary Three Mile Pilot, who were signed to Cargo Records and, eventually, esteemed major label Geffen Records. Three Mile Pilot were known for repeatedly jettisoning traditional song structures and choosing instead to experiment with unconventional intermingling of instruments, sudden key changes, and unpredictable improvisation. Their sound was at once progressive, experimental, emotional, and melodic, always possessing a minimalist grandeur that achieved unexpected beauty and discomfort, sometimes in the space of a single song. The band’s aesthetic spring board or focal point was often the deep, dark and dense bass work of ABSI4 (aka Zach) which undoubtedly provided a solid skeleton and framework for the bands unique songwriting. Then, in the first few days of 1998 when Three Mile Pilot was in a hiatus following a record deal gone sour with Geffen, Zach formed a part-time recording project under the name Pinback along with Robert Crow (of Thingy and Heavy Vegetable).

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