BIO – THE PSEUDO COWBOYS
Adam Pitts formed his first rock band at 15 years of age in the Hickory, NC area with friends who shared his musical passion. In typical rock-and-roll fashion, the band cut their teeth playing backyard parties and local coffee shops whenever a friend or family member was nice enough to offer an opportunity to the three bushy-headed youngsters. As a trio covering songs from the Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Radiohead, Tool, and others, the constraints of having so few band members required that Adam sing lead while at the same time play the intricate guitar riffs that define the heavy-rock genre. This would lay the foundation for what was to become the Pseudo Cowboys’ sound and Adam’s ability to multi-task while fronting a band.
After high school, Adam attended NC State University in Raleigh, where he continued to play music in his free time and further develop his songwriting. Campus life provided rich grounds for inspiration, as his first deep romantic relationships were formed and he grappled with societal influences coaxing him away from the pursuit of a career in music.
In 2004, Adam returned to Hickory after graduating from NC State and hit the ground running with his longtime bandmates in their group, then called “Earos.” The band met great success in their hometown market, often packing out the local bars with fans anxious to see the group’s energetic performances. However, the band struggled to find a place for their artistic vision in venues where they had cemented themselves as a cover band. Ultimately, perceiving playing cover songs as a means to an end, Adam chose to leave the group and return to Raleigh to reshape his original music endeavor with a new group in a new setting.
Finding new bandmates with a similar vision in Raleigh proved difficult, as Adam’s songwriting was becoming incongruous with the manufactured radio rock sound of 2006, and Raleigh’s original rock scene was in a lull. His solo act, formed just to pay the bills, was beginning to gain traction and demanded his full attention. Adam shelved the full-band project for the next three years and focused on strengthening his one-man band performance. This not only gave him valuable stage time leading an audience without the support of a band, but also taught him to incorporate looping technology as an organic extension of his performance.
However, in Adam’s own creative work, it was apparent that his first love of performing in a rock-and-roll outfit was steadfast. After much disappointment attempting his own riff-laden compositions via the acoustic guitar, he decided it was necessary to put together a full band as a platform to express his own music.
Adam began forming the Pseudo Cowboys in 2009 after reconnecting with his former drummer from Earos. The new band made their foray into the Raleigh music scene rapidly with only their second show being on the main stage at the 2009 Bud Light Downtown Live series, sharing the bill with nationally-touring act, Better than Ezra.
Shortly thereafter, the band recorded a full-length demo, “Rehearsals With the Pseudo Cowboys,” wherein they recorded band practices with the intent of capturing the kinetic quality of their live sound instead of making a polished album. The point was to let ‘feeling’ take precedence over perfection. While these early performances and recordings were rough around the edges, Adam felt there was something more honest and emotionally valuable that could be expressed with the band as opposed to playing solo. Simultaneously, the band’s power offered a feeling of transcendence and an outlet for something primal, both characteristics of art lost when performing covers songs for nights on end.
In the years that followed, Adam began integrating modern sonic elements he had developed while performing solo with looping technology into the raw, classic British rock style at the core of the band. Combining this sound with a passion-filled vocal and lyrical style reminiscent of 1990s alternative rock and grunge rock, the Pseudo Cowboys have developed a unique and powerful rock sound all their own.
The Pseudo Cowboys continue to create music and a live show experience that is simultaneously thought-provoking and also a rowdy good time. After a few lineup changes, the band is building steam as one of NC’s few remaining rock groups that attempts to honor the bold and dynamic facets of classic rock bands, while reframing the sound for modern times. Intense passion and joy are palpable at every Pseudo Cowboys show, granting audiences the freedom to be overcome by the music along with the band.
The band’s story is just beginning. Their following growing with every performance, the Pseudo Cowboys continue to release exciting new original songs and music videos, which they hope to introduce to greater audiences throughout NC and beyond.