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Pinback’s Rob Crow forms new band, announces album and tour

Healthy, sober, and ready, Crow returns with his new outfit, Rob Crow's Gloomy Place

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    Photo​ ​by​ ​Bill Perrine

    In a bout of late night ranting back in March, Pinback frontman Rob Crow said he was done with music. “… I think I’m gonna finish up & release all my current records & give up,” he tweeted at the time, citing mental anguish, financial struggles, and family needs. But as a new Facebook post reveals, the acclaimed indie rocker has since gotten himself back on track. A loan adjustment prevented his home’s foreclosure, he quit drinking, lost over 100 pounds, and his wife finally got her dream job to help the family out financially. And now Crow is back with a new band, new music, and an upcoming tour.

    Dubbed Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, the project will release Crow’s “first full band studio album of ‘solo’ material,” You’re Doomed. Be Nice., on March 4th via Temporary Residence. As a sample of the newly revitalized Crow, he’s shared the LP’s lead single, “Business Interrupts”. Over a bouncy bit of prog pop, it’s hard not to hear the confessionals in the lyrics after witnessing Crow’s public withdrawal. “Ain’t it real?/ Ain’t it fine?/ Must I ask you all the time/ How much anybody worth?/ What is anybody worth?” he asks in bridge before a wordless, undeniable hook. Out of what appears to be one of the hardest, lowest moments of Crow’s life may have come his most accessible, dynamic work yet. Take a listen below.

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    At the end of his most recent post, Crow wrote, “My hope is that it will resonate with some and be found a comfort. If people buy it, I can make more. We will tour the states in March. If people go to the shows, I can play more of them. At least I will have given it a shot.” Crow’s definitely giving it a shot, and so far it seems to be a good one.

    Read Crow’s entire earnest Facebook post announcing his return and the formation of Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place.

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    You’re Doomed. Be Nice. Tracklist:
    01. Oh, The Sadmakers
    02. This Distance
    03. Business Interruptus
    04. Paper Doll Parts
    05. Light On
    06. Quit Being Dicks
    07. No Shadow Left Behind
    08. Rest Your Soul
    09. Yie Ar
    10. Autumnal Palette
    11. Red: Alone
    12. Unreliable Narrator
    13. What We’ve Been Up to While You’ve Been Away

    Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
    03/02 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
    03/03 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    03/04 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
    03/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
    03/06 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
    03/08 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
    03/09 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
    03/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
    03/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot & Saddle
    03/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
    03/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
    03/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi/Fi
    03/16 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
    03/17 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
    03/18 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    03/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    03/21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
    03/22 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo
    03/23 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
    03/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
    03/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
    03/27 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

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