There's a hilarious Internet fan video of From Nothing To Nowhere, the first song from Pinback's stellar new disc, that re-appropriates the 'dancing in detention' scene from Breakfast Club so that Molly Ringwald and the gang (a basket case, a jock, etc) are convincingly cutting a rug to the San Diego post-rock project of Rob Crow and Zach Smith instead. It could only work on this track, a driving and angular piece of dour pop that fits like clockwork with Ringwald's 80s moves.
The rest of Autumn Of The Seraphs sounds a bit more meticulous, though it's self-assured in its footing.
The carefully crafted Good To Sea, for instance, floats duelling nasal melodies over an insistent keyboard line, recalling the intro to Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Blue Harvest's Police-poaching guitars and intricate lyrical back and forth.
John Bender would definitely dig this.
Pinback play the Opera House Friday (October 12).