I discovered this band when seeing them open up for a local favorite of mine back in the mid-90's. My jaw dropped from the moment they took the stage. Afterwards, a friend of mine tried to track down this nerdy Rob Crow frontman. He found him in a dark corner of the closed game-arcade playing pinball all alone. He was kind enough to give my friend his autograph. For anyone who enjoys Pinback - this would truly be money well-spent. Heavy Vegetable was, I believe, Rob Crow's first band. While much more Math-Rocky than pinback's material, you can still find the unmistakably quirky & innovative, not to mention CATCHY, endearing qualities that have drawn so many as of late to this highly underrated artist's material. This is not to take away from Rob's new sidekick's influences. For you'll find, with HV's style, a much more sloppy and whimsical take on Rob's vision - while pinback is MUCH more ironed out, both sonically & structure-wise. But good good...
Just getting into Pinback? Heard that Rob Crow may have had a couple of projects on his past resume that might be worth listening to? Well, you could say that's an understatement. Simply put, Crow's Heavy Vegetable (as well as Thingy, which is basically HV v.2.0) albums are unabashed eclectic and energetic godsends, and in this longtime listener's perspective, vastly superior to the eventuality of the Pinback output (however, this is not to imply that Pinback is to be avoided). Do yourself a favor and procure everything you can get your hands on associated with Rob Crow, and sort it out for yourself. Start here.
This was most people outside of San Diego's first taste of Rob Crow, the genius who has gone on to Thingy, Pinback, Optiganally Yours, Fantasy Mission Force and Physics. He has the most innovative songs and the best voice in modern music. His main influences seem to be Fugazi and Wesley Willis but you can definatley hear some pop in there as well. My reccommendation is you buy anything he has to do with, his name is like a good housekeeping seal on your record so you know it has to be good.
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