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It's Good To See You
updated: Jan 25, 2014, 1:00 PM
By Jenny Schlax
Pinback ~ January 20, 2014 @ Velvet Jones
People are sometimes surprised with some of the bands I list as my favorite. Apparently, I have a reputation
for liking the harder, faster, louder genres of music - apparently. So when I stated that Pinback was indeed
one of my favorites, I wasn't so surprised by the surprised reactions I received.
Pinback is a truly talented band that has withstood the test of time. Emerging in the late nineties, the band
has stayed true to their original sound: melodic, edgy, dark, and somewhat bored. Essentially a duo,
Pinback is Zach Smith and Rob Crowe, with Chris Prescott on drums. The two share vocals, Zach providing
more monotone versus and Rob hitting the whinny hit pitched notes.
(Photo by Simpson)
Pinback can be seen pretty regularly in Santa Barbara, usually annually at Velvet Jones. This time around
they played a Monday night. Expecting a pretty dead show, I was surprised to see the venue full. Having the
show be open to all ages obviously helped the attendance, but to be quite frank, I was surprised the young
folks of Santa Barbara were even aware of who Pinback were. But here the kids were, on a school night.
The set started slow with Zach on the keys and a monotone Rob performing "Tres," a melody from their
second album. Pinback continued to play a nice mixture of songs from all five of their albums, with a large
number of singles from their 2012 album "Information Retrieved." Unfortunately, being an old timer, I
wasn't as in love with this album as I was with their earlier works, but the kids in the crowd ate it up. They
managed to play well into the 11 o'clock hour before playing their radio hit "Fortress," at which point the
normally sedentary Rob grab the mic and went into the crowd, ending up way in the back of the bar
(probably ordering a shot along the way). After making it back to the stage, they played my favorite "Good
to Sea." At this point the crowd started getting all crazy and began something that resembled a pit - which
was quite entertaining being that this was a mellow indie electronic rock show.
The show was near 26 songs long and was quite lively - for a Pinback show (got to keep it in perspective). I
wasn't disappointed that I went out on a school night, and have to say, Pinback, it's always good to see you.
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