Some Offcell Voices (CD)


Pinback

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Amoeba Review

03/14/2017

San Diego's Pinback felt like a perfect reaction to the city's musical history. The hardcore bands coming out of San Diego, including Drive Like Jehu, Swing Kids, and The Locust, took punk to noisy, ear shredding, boundary breaking directions. Though Pinback were cut from the same cloth, they were calmer, more methodical and technical than their San Diego counterparts. Band members Rob Crow and Zach Smith stepped away from their other projects, combining their efforts to go into stranger directions that rejected their punk and metal roots. Instead of going for fast punk and anger, Pinback slowed it down with carefully crafted songs with spacey lyrics, ethereal electronic vibes, and prog-like key and tempo changes. Their early EPs were not only bedroom recorded experiments of things to come, but were great albums on their own. Some Offcell Voices is a compilation of their two long out-of-print EPs, Some Voices and Offcell, and is also the latter's first release on vinyl. Both have been footnotes to their full-length albums, but with this proper reissue they are getting the respect they deserve. "Microtonic Wave" gives you a perfect sense of what they were all about. Combing a funky electronic riff with early digital sounds and a catchy beat, the music captures the feel of our too connected world. The lyrics verge somewhere between sci-fi dystopia and a romance song in a weird cataclysm. This collection is a fresh reminder of one of the most unique indie rock bands of the early-2000s in the brief crest before indie rock became another brand label. Perfect for fans of Broadcast or Beck's funkier side.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Some Voices
Pinback 03:16
2.
Trainer
Pinback 02:43
3.
Manchuria
Pinback 02:41
4.
June
Pinback 07:17
5.
Microtonic Wave
Pinback 04:55
6.
Victorious D
Pinback 04:16
7.
Offcell
Pinback 04:31
8.
B
Pinback 04:50
9.
Grey Machine
Pinback 11:04

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