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The return of seminal indie-rockers from San Diego



Tue, February 7

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$25.00 - $27.00

This event is 21 and over

Pinback will be performing a greatest hits set on this night. 

6 ticket limit per customer/account/credit card/email/address. Orders will be reviewed for adherence to the 6 ticket limit. Orders exceeding the limit may be cancelled at the promoter's discretion. Orders placed for the sole purpose of resale will be cancelled.

A limited quantity 2-NITE PASS IS AVAILABLE HERE

We have a tendency to take consistency for granted. Like a sunny Southern California day, Pinback have delivered record after record of mightily addictive indie pop since their inception in the late 1990s. Perhaps too melancholic and thoughtful to function as escapist entertainment, that same sense of depth is what made them one of the most reliable bands in indie rock’s three-decade history.
On one hand, their fifth album, Information Retrieved, is the logical and accessible realization of a sound Pinback have been developing and refining for over a decade. However, that consistency that we’ve taken for granted is what makes Information Retrieved such a euphoric surprise; their finest and most fully realized album, a dozen years deep into a career that includes bona fide modern classics like “Good To Sea” and Summer In Abaddon. Simply put, this is better than we ever could have expected. They could have coasted on automatic pilot to another lauded album that likely would have made it onto plenty of year-end lists, but instead they shot the moon, and the result is a major triumph.

The touchstones are still there: Zach Smith‘s stunningly unique bass guitar acrobatics driving both rhythm and melody in lock-step unison; the incredible immediacy of Rob Crow‘s voice that could make a phone book sound compelling; and the musical and lyrical interplay between the two of them that made Pinback so special in the first place. The difference now is their exquisite control over dynamics and a greater emotional resonance throughout. It’s the most complete and soulful Pinback album by a fair distance, the finest moment in the career of a band whose unfettered brilliance we’ve come to count on, but will never again take for granted.
Thrones is the project of Joe Preston, a Seattle musician who played bass in Earth and Melvins. Conceived in 1994, Thrones emerged with a cassette (on Punk In My Vitamins) and with the single Reddleman/Algol (Punk In My Vitamins) . The album Alraune (Communion, 1996) presented an infinitely more mature musician, a full-fledged composer, and one who likes to take chances. The single Senex/Silvery Colorado (Soda Girl Records) was followed by the EP White Rabbit, White Rabbit (Kill Rock Stars, 1999). While these recordings overflow with ideas, and Preston's realization is always inventive, it is hard to define what Thrones is all about. Preston sounds more like someone who is looking for a style, rather than one who has a style. These are still formative works.

The EP Sperm Whale (Kill Rock Stars, 2000) refines Preston's approach in a more focused manner. While still spread 360 degrees all over the musical front, the tracks zoom on a tragic poet and his quest for a noir atmosphere. The whirlwind of distortions, android samplings and science-fiction sounds in the instrumental Oso Malo resembles the most nightmarish Six Finger Satellite, but the cavernous Melvins sludge is only a few minutes away. Preston's true soul is in these extreme sonic experiments, that balance grunge heaviness and an almost jazz aesthetics: the threnody for bass and electronics that opens Ephraim, the ominous bass theme that carries a loud distortion in Manmtn, the exoteric requiem from which Obolus takes off. Preston's tactic is to rip these morbid moods apart with torrid, infernal riffs and grooves. The effect is particularly gripping in Obolus, a veritable prayer from the underworld. In between the major experiments, Preston still enjoys surreal diversions. The best one here is Nuts And Berries, that comes through as a grindcore version of Syd Barrett.

After a five-year hiatus, Day Late Dollar Short (Southern Lord, 2005) collects singles an rarities.