Pinback’s Rob Crow made headlines last March when he announced that he was quitting music, claiming that it had become “financially irresponsible” and “humiliating to my psyche.” Anyone who’s ever suffered through life as a working musician could probably relate to what Crow was talking about, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Just ask Crow himself, who has since returned from his musical hiatus with a new project he’s calling Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place in a not-quite-veiled assessment of his emotional outlook.
The good news? Crow doesn’t have to go it alone. His band, which features a former member of Heavy Vegetable and several of Crow’s other close friends, has helped him achieve a sound that’s more locked and loaded than anything he’s done in recent memory. Take new single “Oh, The Sadmakers”, for example. Despite the, um, gloomy name, there’s an undeniable sense of humor poking through the song’s infectious mixture of progressive rock and straightforward pop. Fans of Pinback won’t be disappointed, but newcomers will also find plenty to sink their teeth into here.
“Oh, The Sadmakers” will appear on Rob Crow’s forthcoming album You’re Doomed. Be Nice., which is due out March 4th via Temporary Residence Ltd. Check out the single below.
Catch Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place live on the following dates.
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
03/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Urban Artifact
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 – Barboza @ Seattle, WA
03/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
03/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/27 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah