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Pinback - Summer in Abaddon (2004) Retail CD
I used to describe Pinback to people who didn't know of them as a cross between Portishead, Radiohead, Tool, and the Pixies. That didn't quite fit. Then I started describing them to people who had never heard them as a cross between Primus, They Might Be Giants, and the Beach Boys. That isn't quite right either. There's a great thing about a band that is difficult to describe. It means they're doing something original. Portishead elements? Pinback is the mellower than mellow. Their CDs are the ultimate chill CDs. I can be in absolutely any mood and want to listen to them. Radiohead, Pixies, andmore… Tool elements? No, Pinback doesn't have blazing guitars or a yelling singer; even though Rob Crow and ABSIV are unique co-front men. I compare them to those bands because they do know how to create a really complex song structure. Like Tool and Radiohead, it takes several listens to really understand and hear the complexity of their music. Primus elements? Armistead IV is an incredible bassist. One of my favorite things about Pinback is that they really know how to use the bass. Some songs, like "Fortress", even use two basses (Take that White Stripes!). Armistead uses a strum style that is similar Les Claypool. It is amazing. Beach Boys elements? The cool harmonies of Rob Crow and ABSIV are soothing and wonderful. I have lived in San Diego for 13 years. Many bands from here have touched upon what could be called a "San Diego Sound". Blink182 sounds like the lame poseur punks who hang out in one of the 50 Pacific Beach tattoo/piercing shops. P.O.D. and Switchfoot represent the large number of people living in this town who are way too self righteous never shut up about their religion. The only two San Diego bands who I've ever been able to really get in to have been Deadbolt and Pinback. Pinback sounds like the ocean. Pinback is what it sounds like to go down to Ocean Beach and watch the sun set while surfers glide on waves under the pier. Pinback is what it sounds like to walk through Balboa Park at midnight eating cheap 'Bertos tacos with friends under a full moon. I don't even know if they like this town, but Pinback is the first San Diego band that makes me think about everything that I like about this city. I'm the type of person who doesn't like it when other people find out about the band that was previously my little secret. I don't feel that way about Pinback. Following them as a fan for several years, I think they're great guys and deserve as much success as they can get. They've been around for a long time, and are in it because they love music. Get this CD, and get turned on to a great band. I like all of their CDs equally, and can't really say that one is better than another. They're all different. It's "indie rock" that doesn't suck. It's "mellow rock" that isn't wussy. Also, if you can see them live, do so. They change the arrangements of all of their songs instead of just rehashing what you can listen to at home.
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- Pinback - Summer in Abaddon (2004) Retail CD
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