Hailing from San Diego, pinback is a band comprised of two principal players: Armistead Burwell Smith IV (Zach) and Rob Crow. Pinback started as a part-time endeavor back in 1998, When Zach’s band 3 mile pilot went on an extended hiatus and Rob found time away from his other musical interests (mainly thingy and heavy vegetable). After recording their self-titled debut, released by ace fu in 1999, Pinback became a fully realized project.
The next few years saw an increase in Pinback activity. In 2000, Tree Records released the ep Some Voices, and Ace Fu released Pinback’s second full-length, blue screen life, in 2001. Between record releases, Pinback toured as a full five piece band, hitting points across North America and Europe. Additionally, Pinback offered up many tour-only eps, consisting of various combinations of live tracks, alternate takes, and unreleased songs. In 2003, absolutely kosher released the lengthy 5-song ep, Offcell.
The next chapter in their story will begin on October 12, 2004, when Pinback’s debut record for Touch and Go is released. Summer in Abaddon was recorded by the duo in Zach’s home studio over the course of 2003, and truly captures Pinback’s essence. Although it may seem like gentle pop music at first encounter, its brilliance is slowly revealed upon repeated listens. Songs are buoyant and lively at times, melancholy and dark at others, and always resonate with an underlying intensity. Between two musicians, Pinback lays out beautiful melodies that are deceptively complex, layering sounds and instruments upon one another and trading contrasting vocal parts with ease.
Morricone Youth formed in New York City in 1999 with the mission statement of composing, re-interpreting, performing and recording only “music written for the moving image.” With a repertoire of over 100 reinterpretations of film and television soundtracks and music production library recordings (many of which recorded for CDs released by Country Club Records),the band performs with projections thematically dedicated to specific composers or film music genres in addition to composing and performing its own original live scores to old silent films, midnight movies, animations and shorts in theaters and art spaces around the country. In 2005, Morricone Youthcomposed original music for its own imaginary film entitled “SILENZIO VIOLENTO,” recorded with legendary Brooklyn producer and engineer Martin Bisi released by Country Club Records. The band’s original music has regularly been used for television and films, including the documentary “Second Skin” directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza about MMORPGs.
The band has embarked on the ambitious project of recording and releasing a 15-vinyl/digital series of the enormous body of work it has composed and re-worked for the 15 silent films and midnight movies and performed over the past six years around NYC. The first three releases of the series are now available digitally and on vinyl: (1) “THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED” 6-song 32-minute EP (150g black vinyl, limited pressing of 500 w/ digital download cards); (2) “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” 6-song 25-minute EP (second pressing on 150g transparent blood red swirl vinyl limited pressing of 500 w/ digital download cards); and (3) “MAD MAX” 10-song 40 minute LP on coke bottle green OR gold black swirl 150g vinyl, limited pressing of 500 each w/ digital download cards). Up next: F.W. Murnau’s “SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS” (est. April 2017); Alfred Hitchcock’s “THE LODGER” (est. August 2017); and Sergei Eisentein’s “BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN” (est. November 2017). Distribution via Light in the Attic Records and Revolver USA.
Guitarist/founder DEVON E. LEVINS has been a dedicated soundtrack record collector since the mid-90’s and hosted a weekly soundtrack internet radio show on East Village Radio from 2007-2014 under the same Morricone Youth name as well as interviewing soundtrack composers. Devon is currently hosting an all new soundtrack radio show MORRICONE ISLAND on WFMU (wfmu.org/91.1 FM in NYC/NJ) every Tuesday from 7-8pm ET.
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