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The Pindrops

by The Pindrops

"The wacky lo-fi Beatles. Brilliant lyrics imbedded between cool quacking guitars and cooler harmonies."
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What I Know
4:22 $0.99
2. Showtime
3:17 $0.99
3. 27
2:36 $0.99
4. Shallow Heights
4:24 $0.99
5. Razorblade Twin
4:48 $0.99
6. Easy Come Easy Go
4:40 $0.99
7. Between the Lines
3:22 $0.99
8. Until I Find
6:06 $0.99
9. The Low Road
3:39 $0.99
10. Shadowbread
3:48 $0.99
11. Messiah
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
PRO REVIEWS: (fan reviews are at the bottom of this page)

from Silverfish Magazine, January 2007
When the staff here first put this album on, there was silence, then a mumbling... what? How odd, how peculiar! For the first time in a long while we were amazed to discover something truly unique in the melodic complexities of songwriter and lead singer, Dan Wallace. The vocal shifting and harmonic layering provided by bandmates John Collins on bass, and George Lawler on drums make this album one of the most unusual we've come across in a long time. It is rather unclassifiable - falling somewhere between indie rock (Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen), pop (The Beatles), and just plain peculiar (Beck, The Flaming Lips).

Our favorite tracks included 'Easy come, easy go' a romantic ballad with a strong streak of pessimism, and 'What I Know', an ode to all those dreamers who pretty much know they're never going to get exactly what they want.

The Pindrops are a trio from Chicago, Illinois. Their complex musical arrangements include classical guitar, upright bass, electric guitar, plenty of foot pedals, and excellent lyrics. Singer and composer Dan Wallace produced a new album in 2006, Neon and Gold.

from, Aug 2005, by 4 reviewers:
1. APOLLO - The wacky lo-fi Beatles. Brilliant lyrics imbedded between cool quacking guitars and cooler harmonies.
2. ADAMA - Good old, off-beat, talented & folksy rock. What happens when the pedals cost more than the guitar.
3. STARBUCK - The most indie of all great indie bands. Moody dark and quirky, Violent Femmes Style.
4. BOOMER - Your basic rock band. You almost want to sing along. Surprisingly decent too.

from, March 2005, By Jen Procop:
The first time you hear the Pindrops self-titled CD is much like eating a starburst fruit chew. There is a whole much of different sensations happening at the same time- It's hard to articulate what is happening because of its utter originality. There is, or should be a genre that this album fits into but how do you categorize it? Its not alternative pop, rock, emo, or mechanical pop so for right now, let's just bask in the eccentricity.
The Chicago based trio has released one of the most original albums that I have heard in a long time. The lyrics are complex and thoughtful which compliments the strong musical talent and unity of the band. You can feel some musical influence from the likes of Elliott Smith, The Flaming Lips, Beck and The increasingly popular Shins, but this is not a rip-off artist in the making- the entire album has individuality beyond compare.
The band shines on many of the tracks, but be sure to check out "Razorblade Twin", "What I Know", "27" and "Messiah". From start to finish, this album delivers. In fact, you'll be so engrossed, can hear a pindrop.

From March 2003 - to April 2005 The Pindrops (orginally known as Izis and then The Poppies) was the primary vehicle for singer-songwriter Dan Wallace's highly original musical expression. Dan Wallace release his first solo CD, "Neon and Gold" (Torito Bravo Records) in February of 2006, and followed it up with Culture of Self in July 2007. For more info please visit

Dan Wallace - songwriter, lead/backing vocal, electric, steel-string and nylon guitars, bass, keyboards
John Collins - upright electric and upright acoustic bass, backing vocal
George Lawler - drums and percussion, backing vocal

Mastered by Mark Berlin at Pragma Studios
CD Art by Vesna Jovanovic
Pressing and Packaging by Disc Makers

This album was recorded at Dan & George's
apartments over the course of a year. It was mixed at Dan's.



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sharon lleva-carter

We are hooked! Great music.
We love the music. Between the Lines is our favorite. CD cover has a lot of meaning and ties to the name. I would buy for a gift to close friends.

steve april

love child of the Beatles and Leonard Cohen
Robin Hood, messianic complexes, tender ballads, dirges. A touch of the Beatles, especially John Lennon's poetic solipsisms. Great harmonies, great tunes, the kind that deserve almost literary reviews. A few of my favs are 'what i know', 'showtime,' 'easy come easy go.'

George Ford

CD and the service from CD Baby is Excellent!
The Recording is Flawless!
Favorite is Track 10-Shadowbread.
The CD is perfect!
However, I was hoping for an "Signed & Numbered" Copy. (e.g.: Numbered, like The Beatles White Album)!
CD was ordered mid-day 12-October, and it was Deivered before noon on Friday, 15-October-2004. (Oregon to Detroit!)
Shipment & Delivery was unbelieveably "Fast !".
Purchasing the CD from CD Baby was an "Excellent Experience". It's as good as it gets!

Edward K.

I haven't stopped listening since I got it last week. I have too many favorites to list. I saw at myspace that they're working on another one, which I'll get as soon as it's out. In the meanwhile I'll keep spinning this one!!

Danielle White

Loved the album and listen to it nonstop! My favorite is Showtime! Keep up the good music and can't wait until the next one comes out.

R. Urbanec

How rock should sound.
I'd just about given up on rock, with its proliferation of genres that somehow all manage to turn stale fast. Then I heard the Pindrops. Songs like "27," "Razorblade Twin," and "Messiah" offer unforgettable hooks, evocative harmonies, and lyrics flush with irony yet refreshingly low on cynicism. Whether you tap your feet or bang your head, give this one a spin to hear how smart pop-rock can be.

Mark Mason

A great CD from a band with instant sonic appeal, but yet still the potential to be one of the greatest rock bands of this century. I'm not even jokeing.

Ken Cordes

Restored my faith in pop...and for cheap, too!
This Chicago trio is restoring my faith in pop with its original arrangements and unpretentious craftsmanship. Songwriter Dan Wallace has done something very special--blending a world of musical influences without creating a "world music" pastiche. If you'd like to know what radio might sound like without thugs, poseur punks, or boy bands, this is definitely worth a listen.

The Clandestine (Brandon Albers)

Amasing, A blast of fresh sound. Worth buying twice.
This CD has blown me away. Its complex structure consisting of percussion and catchy guitar riffs which are only the begining! Not to mention the dreamy vocals. Every song is so unique, so powerful. Everytime I listen to it I notice so much more, then they become gods of music. My favorites are: What I Know, 27, Razorblade Twin, Easy Come Easy Go, Between The Lines, Shadowbread. A MUST BUY.