Pinback is an 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.
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.
In 2004, Pinback signed to Touch and Go Records. They released their third album, Summer in Abaddon, later that year. Pinback’s fourth full-length album, Autumn of the Seraphs, was released on September 11, 2007. The band also recently released a collection of rarities, entitled Nautical Antiques. 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. The program is available for download via NPR’s website.