You might know Amos Pitsch as the singer of Tenement, a Northeastern Wisconsin punk band that garnered national acclaim after releasing the 2015 double-album masterpiece, Predatory Headlights. Maybe you know him as a member of Dusk, an up-and-coming Fox Cities project that’s quickly making a name for itself in the Midwest (and beyond) on the heels of last year’s self-titled debut full-length. However, you probably don’t know Pitsch from his time in Obvious Man Hands, The Waffles, or any of his other early musical endeavors.
Pitsch recently welcomed My First Band host Tyler Maas into his Crutch Of Memory Studios to talk about making Predatory Headlights in a dilapidated home without running water, the formation of Dusk, and how he’ll always be chasing the feeling he got from playing drums in a band with his cousins when he was in grade school. They discussed Appleton’s burgeoning music scene and they spent some time reminiscing as well. Coincidentally, Maas’ one and only band actually played shows with Pitsch’s band, Social Classics, more than 15 years ago. Come for Pitsch’s incomparable musical insight, stay for the Blue Moon Cafe (RIP) and Valley Fair Mall (RIP) references.
My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing and is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and The Waffles (two untitled songs).