Pinback Is Back

Rob Crow Talks Music and Star Wars

by Patrick Moore

For those of you not familiar, Pinback is a mellow indie-rock band from San Diego who’s been playing together for about eight years. They come off as rather relaxed on their home recordings, yet are also known for playing the same songs more aggressively when in the flesh. The principal members are Rob Crow and Zach Hill, who, by the way, are also involved in a separate project called The Ladies, a band that will start touring at the end of May, after Pinback wraps up their current tour. That tour begins tonight with a sold-out show at UCSB.

“Last time I was in S.B.,” mused Rob Crow on the phone a couple weeks back, “I found a stuffed R2D2 … but it didn’t have any batteries for it. It was just a doll I found on State Street. I didn’t want to take it away from any kid who wanted to play with it, so I put it back.”

Star Wars memories aside, this tour is technically promoting their 2004 release Summer In Abaddon, which has sold about 70,000 copies so far. The long-awaited next album will hit stores by spring 2007, about a year from now. It will be recorded in much the same fashion as the last: mostly in a small rehearsal space in San Diego as well as in Crow’s home using a simple computer setup running the recording program Cubase. With three years between releases, fans are curious whether the band will unveil any new stuff tonight.

“Well, it’s still coming together,” said an elusive Crow, “but we have a limited amount of time to practice, so we’re trying to get in as much as we can for the next couple weeks. … Today we’ll all practice for a good five hours.”

Crow claimed that Pinback is not dependent on outside influences, neither their side projects nor the punk rock of G.G. Allin and the Jabbers, which is the only music he’s been listening to for a while. None of that, Crow said, affects the structure or tone of the music that he creates with his other bandmates. Speaking of which, their new drummer, Chris Prescott, will not only be touring with Pinback but will also be playing in The Jade Shader, the band that’s opening for Pinback during the majority of the coming tour.

It’s sure to be a good kick-off for their tour and, as it’s sold out, a refreshing reminder to Crow and his cohorts just how much Santa Barbarans back Pinback. Guard those tickets, if you got ’em.

4•1•1 Pinback, with opening band The Jade Shader, kicks off their current tour tonight, with a sold-out show at The Hub, in UCSB’s UCen.

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