Systems Officer

If ever you need evidence to combat the slacker Southern California stereotype, look no further than the few folks that make up the lion's share of San Diego's impressively diverse and highly successful music scene. Collectively Rob Crow, Pall Jenkins, Armistead Burwell Smith IV maintain as many as ten (count 'em) projects simultaneously. More impressive is the overall quality and longevity of most of these projects. Systems Officer is the solo guise of Armistead Burwell Smith IV, the prolific multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and founding member of Pinback and Three Mile Pilot. Five years in the making, Underslept is Smith's debut solo album, an uncompromised, fully realized collection of driving, deceptively complex pop songs.