Pinback is a collaborative indie rock project between Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV. The San Diego duo debuted in 1999 with its This Is a Pinback CD album, and caught the attention of Southern California audiences with its smart, concise songwriting. With a solid following in its home state, the band captured the respect of critics with the release of its 2001 record Blue Screen Life, which demonstrates the band's now trademark sound. Using tight, angular riffs, prominent bass, occasional hints of electronic production and layers upon layers of melody, Crow and Smith have honed an progressive indie/electronic sound. Pinback has released a slew of full-length albums and EPs, and continues to tour when Crow isn't busy with other projects, such as Goblin Cock and his own solo career.