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


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.

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.

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