Album review: Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, “You’re Doomed. Be Nice.”

by Jon E. Lynch

Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, “You’re Doomed. Be Nice.”

Available: Now via Temporary Residence Limited as a download, CD, LP and a very limited orange with deep purple splattered vinyl.

Pinback frontman Rob Crow publicly “quit” music in a few well-documented Facebook and Twitter barrages earlier this year to explain his plans to “… finish up and release all [my] current records and give up.”

I, not being an especially active user of either Facebook or Twitter, didn’t put a whole lot of stock into the outpouring. I’m not suggesting in that exact moment he didn’t truly mean it. People have bad days, say shit they don’t mean, post it for all to see, delete said post and chalk it up to mood and emotion fueling an instance, or instant. That’s fair. I’m saying be GLAD he didn’t mean it. Leave the guy alone. Frankly, I didn’t want to believe it and chose not to. He wrote “Blue Screen Life” AND “Summer in Abaddon” for crying out loud. Now we have a new 13-track record under a tongue-in-cheek moniker and I couldn’t be happier. Recorded and mixed by Ben Moore of Hot Snakes, this record is emotive, driven and warm. This is a great record to be introduced to Crow and his brand of indie/alt rock. Sounds like a perfect complement to his pre-existing body of work.

Recommended if you are a fan of Pinback, Built to Spill, Rogue Wave, Cursive or Modest Mouse

— Jon E. Lynch[email protected]

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