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Background information
OriginSan Diego, California, U.S.
GenresEmo, indie rock, indie pop[1]
Years active1998–present
LabelsTemporary Residence, Touch and Go, Absolutely Kosher, Ace Fu
MembersRob Crow
Armistead Burwell Smith IV
Chris Prescott
Past membersBraden Diotte, Terrin Durfey, Tom Zinser, Ryan Bromley, Cameron Jones, Kenseth Thibideau, Brent Asbury, Gabriel Voiles, Dmitri Dziensuwski, Donny Van Zandt, Thatcher Orbitachi

Pinback is an American indie rock band from San Diego, California. The band was formed in 1998 by singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow, who have been its two consistent members. They have released five studio albums and several other releases.

History and origin[edit]

The band's moniker is a reference to a character in the 1974 film Dark Star (played by Dan O'Bannon, who also co-wrote the film), directed by John Carpenter. Audio samples from this film are used frequently in the band's early works.[2][3]

In 2004, Pinback signed to Touch and Go Records.[4] They released their third album, Summer in Abaddon, later that year. In 2006, the band released a collection of rarities, entitled Nautical Antiques. Pinback's fourth full-length album, Autumn of the Seraphs, was released on September 11, 2007.[5][6] They appeared live in a nationally broadcast interview and played a couple of songs on NPR's Talk of the Nation on October 8, 2007.

On April 1, 2009, it was announced that Pinback was working on a new album that would be released by Temporary Residence Ltd. Their fifth studio album, Information Retrieved, was released October 16, 2012.[7] On August 15, 2012, Pinback released the song "Proceed to Memory" from Information Retrieved free to play through[8]

Smith and Crow have been the band's two consistent members. They are typically joined by drummer Chris Prescott; Tom Zinser and Mario Rubalcaba have previously contributed drums. Other past members of the Pinback live band are: Erik Hoversten, Braden Diotte, Terrin Durfey, Ryan Bromley, Cameron Jones, Kenseth Thibideau, Brent Asbury, Gabriel Voiles, Dmitri Dziensuwski, Donny Van Zandt, and Thatcher Orbitashi.


Armistead Burwell Smith IV (left) and Rob Crow in 2006
  • Tom Zinser – drums (1998–2003)
  • Thatcher Orbitachi – keyboards (1999)
  • Donny Van Zandt – keyboards (1999)
  • Dmitri Dziensuwski – keyboards (1999)
  • Gabriel Voiles – keyboards (1999)
  • Brent Asbury – keyboards (2000–2002)
  • Ryan Bromley – guitar, bass, keyboards (2001–2005)
  • Kenseth Thibideau – keyboards, bass, guitar (2003–2006)
  • Cameron Jones – drums (2004–2005)
  • Erik Hoversten – guitar, bass, keyboards (2006–2011)
  • Terrin Durfey – keyboards, bass, guitar (2007–2008)
  • Chris Fulford-Brown – keyboards, bass, guitar (2008)
  • Braden Diotte – keyboards, bass, guitar (2008–2011)

Live band timeline[edit]


Studio albums[edit]


Extended plays[edit]


Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Pinback | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Thill, Scott Pinback Biography Retrieved on March 27, 2014
  3. ^ Cavalieri, Nate (2016). "About Pinback". MTV. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records (June 5, 2007). "Pinback". Retrieved June 4, 2007.
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media Records (May 24, 2007). "Pinback Return With Autumn of the Seraphs". Pitchfork Media Archived from the original on May 26, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2007.
  6. ^ Gwendolyn Elliott (May 6, 2009). "Album Review: Pinback – Autumn of the Seraphs | Prefix". Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "Pinback Announce First Album in Five Years | News". Pitchfork. July 26, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Jon Blistein (August 15, 2012). "Song Premiere: Pinback, 'Proceed to Memory' | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "< PINBACKFREAKS.COM – BIO >>>". Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  10. ^ Billboard, Allmusic
  11. ^ Mischa Pearlman (July 12, 2012). "Californian duo's first LP for five years is a downbeat delight". BBC. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  12. ^ "Pinback to release "Some Offcell Voices," a compilation of early EPs". Retrieved March 16, 2020.

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