If you’ve not heard them, this is as good a place to start as any in their remarkably consistent and instantly recognizable catalog. Read More
Heroes of clean guitar Pinback are back with their first album in five years and the first since losing band member Terrin Durfey to cancer in 2008. Though primarily recorded as a two-piece with a drum machine and using barely a shred of guitar distortion, Pinback’s Information Retrieved is not only as glorious a guitar album that the band has released, it also features some of their most heartfelt songwriting. Opener “Proceed to Memory” sees Rob Crow breaking through the hushed whisper with which he often sings to tear through with an inspiring vocal performance. “Glide” is a beautiful example of how their syncopated guitar interplay hasn’t dulled a bit since their absence. The piano leading “Drawstring’s” melodic trip shows how the addition of a simple augment to their sound can make all the difference, taking the song from moving to creepy over the course of just under four minutes. Single “His Phase” is a sterling examples of their collegiate melodic rock, injecting subtle hooks into the cores and maintaining a sense of mysterious, intricate beauty even while breezing by seemingly effortlessly. While Pinback has never exactly been an attention-grabbing band, they’re one of consistent quality, as Information Retrieved is another notch on the post of terrific albums from the band.