Pinback played at New Brookland Tavern. I took some pictures.
Pinback hails from San Diego, CA. They first formed in 1998, releasing their first record the next year. The lineup has changed over the years but they now are a three piece – lead vocalist/guitarist Rob Crow, vocalist/bassist Armistead Burwell Smith IV, aka Zach, and Chris Prescott on drums. They are on tour for their latest album, Information Retrieved, released last October on Temporary Residence Records. You can pick it up on iTunes here, and while you’re there check out the rest of their amazing discography.
I went to this show as a fan first, and a photographer second. I was only recently exposed to this band but I’m probably as big a fan as there is – I love these guys, no hiding that fact. The music is what drew me there, but there was no way I was going to this show without my camera. New Brookland Tavern is a fairly small venue, and having secured a good spot up front, I didn’t move the entire show because I didn’t want to lose my place. Now, this is not good practice from a photography standpoint, but I went to see the band, not to move around and take photos. My goal in taking pictures was to capture the feel of their music in my images – their songs are lush, often ethereal, with layers of complex vocals and precise instrumentation. The show was well measured, with a great mix of fast and slow, old and new songs. I was particularly impressed with the interweaving of old and new material, and the band pulled it off masterfully.
Pinback has a very distinctive sound, and if you listen to the progression of their music from their early work to now, it’s evident that they have been able to take the essence of their sound and refine and improve it. Most bands that have been together as long as Pinback have changed their sound too much over time, morphing into something that sounds nothing like what the band used to. Their newer albums, Autumn of the Seraphs and Information Retrieved have a more polished quality and edginess that I very much like, but they’re not all that different from their earlier efforts in their musical style and cadence. I appreciate that Pinback has been able to keep their unique sound throughout the past 14 years.
Thanks to Rob, Zach, and Chris for a great show.
Here are my pictures.