Pinback Finishing New CD, Crow Preps Side Projects

Pinback is finishing up its next studio album, "Autumn of the Seraphs," due this summer via Touch & Go. Group member Rob Crow says he expects 12 tracks to make the cut for the follow-up to 2004's

Pinback is finishing up its next studio album, "Autumn of the Seraphs," due this summer via Touch & Go. Group member Rob Crow says he expects 12 tracks to make the cut for the follow-up to 2004's acclaimed "Summer in Abaddon."

"This one is probably more of a departure than anything we've done," Crow tells Billboard.com. "It's unexpectedly 'up,' perhaps. It seems a bit more like a band is playing than any of the other ones. It could be the tightest we've had, actually." For the first time, the band has also handed over artwork duties to a friend named Mike who Crow describes as "this crazy dude. We're really excited."

Crow admits he has no idea when Pinback will return to the road, but he has more than enough to keep him busy until then. His next solo album, "Living Well," arrives Jan. 23 via Temporary Residence Ltd., and will be supported with a full-band tour in late February.

"I'm sure there's some stuff I tried to present to [Pinback co-principal] Zach [Smith] that he didn't want to do," Crow says of the "Living Well" material, which he recorded in his home studio. "It goes both ways. It doesn't matter, because one of us usually presents a Pinback song, and by the time that song is over, it doesn't sound anything like what we presented in the first place. Sometimes we can make those into a song all over again."

A strange video has already been shot for album track "I Hate You, Rob Crow," the title phrase of which was coined years ago by a lowlife roommate. "I found out later that this weird artist guy who lived in the living room and painted all day and night was dealing smack out of the bathroom," he recalls. "He would constantly say ['I hate you, Rob Crow'] whenever I'd walk out of my room or get home from work."

"He also had this one girl just walk around and repeat it over and over again to me, whenever I'd be making dinner or hanging out," he continues. "It was her job to stand in front of me and say that. But I kind of didn't mind at all. I was kind of into it! It was kind of amazing to watch and kind of grounding. What was I supposed to say? 'No, you don't?'"

In March, Crow will begin rolling out releases on his own Robcore label, starting with Other Men's "Wake Up Swimming," which finds him collaborating with his ex-bandmates in Heavy Vegetable for the first time in a decade. "It doesn't sound like the Veg but it's still really weird and f*cked up and really tight," he says. "I can't believe how good those guys got after not playing music all those years. I feel like I got worse and they got way better."

Two new Goblin Cock albums are finished; the first, "Come With Me if You Want To Live" is a "regular" album, while another, "Dragonf*cker," is "One side with a 20-minute long song; the other is a bunch of covers with a 10-minute Osmonds medley," according to Crow.

Fans can also look for new releases from Aspects Of Physics, Optionally Yours and Thingy, as well as a 7-inch vinyl single from Alpha Male. "Then, I take a nap," Crow says with a laugh.