Pinback Dusts Off For Spring Tour

San Diego-based rock act Pinback will return to the road April 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a month-long North American tour.

San Diego-based rock act Pinback will return to the road April 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a month-long North American tour. The group has been off the road for the better part of the last year, during which principal members Rob Crow and Zach Smith respectively welcomed a baby and got married.

The upcoming dates will feature yet another new lineup that includes former No Knife drummer Chris Prescott and A Minor Forest guitarist Erik Hoversten. The new additions have their work cut out for them to learn about 40 songs in the next few weeks.

"Luckily, these guys are pretty good with their ears, so they just go home and figure it out," Smith tells "This seems to happen every year for us, so I'm kind of used to it." Prescott will be pulling double duty during the West Coast portion of the tour, when his other band, the Jade Shader, will join the bill.

After the tour wraps, Pinback plans to quickly begin work on the follow-up to 2004's acclaimed "Summer in Abaddon," which has sold nearly 69,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. One new tune may even be ready in time for road-testing this spring.

"We've got a few songs that didn't work on the last album, so we just held back on them," Smith says. "I would say they are 80% complete. You can't just put songs on albums if they don't relate to the other ones in some form. But I think the main thing is just to start fresh." The set is expected to be finished by the end of the year and out sometime in spring 2007.

Meanwhile, Smith is making progress on a reunion album with his pre-Pinback band Three Mile Pilot, which hasn't issued a studio effort since 1997. The as-yet-untitled album will be released by Touch & Go next year, with a tour to follow.

"We've done our own things, but we've always wanted to get back together and write a record," Smith says of the group, which also features Black Heart Procession members Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel. "We've just never had time. We forced the issue and built a studio together by consolidating all our gear. Now it is our one home base where we see each other constantly."

In terms of material, Smith says, "We went our separate ways in style, so it's interesting to find the middle ground. Old Three Mile Pilot would be like, 'F*** it, let's write a 12-minute song.' Now, it's like, 'I don't know ... five minutes is starting to push it a little bit!'"

Here are Pinback's tour dates:

April 20: Santa Barbara, Calif. (the Hub)
April 21: San Francisco (Bimbo's 365)
April 22: Portland, Ore. (Berbati's Pan)
April 23: Seattle (Showbox)
April 24: Vancouver (Plaza Club)
April 25: Moscow, Idaho (Sub Ballroom)
April 28: Denver (Bluebird Theatre)
April 29: Lawrence, Kan. (Granada Theatre)
April 30: Chicago (Logan Square Auditorium)
May 2: Newport, Ky. (Southgate House)
May 3: Detroit (Magic Stick)
May 4: Toronto (Lee's Palace)
May 5: Montreal (Plaza St. Hubert)
May 6: Boston (Paradise)
May 7: Burlington, Vt. (Higher Ground)
May 9: Brooklyn, N.Y. (North Six)
May 10: New York (Irving Plaza)
May 12: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)
May 13: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)