For the dozen-or-so West Coast expats who call St. Louis home, Pinback's stripped-down, Pavement-on-Thorazine sonic tableau might conjure gold sand and ocean memories, if only for a night. The San Diego duo -- consisting of Rob Crow and Three Mile Pilot founder Armistead "Zach" Smith -- have unapologetically maintained the midtempo tone of soothing slackerdom throughout their two full-length releases, confessing aspirations that rise no higher than a desire to make pretty little pop tunes. Though their roots are in SoCal, their sound stands at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest's vibrant post-grunge movement. A little pretentious? Sure. But that's what the STP (Seattle-to-Portland) scene and, frankly, the Rocket Bar are all about. Hence Pinback will transport you to a place of cosmopolitan, horn-rimmed, self-conscious bliss. So bust out the flip-flops and Hobie Cat tank tops, order a Blue Hawaiian and tune out the Irish whiskey, sista. This is hush-hush zeitgeist, hardly the sort of humble fiesta St. Patrick would endorse. Fuck him.
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