Pitchblende (band)

Origin Washington, D.C.
Genres Art punk
Years active 1991 - 1995
Labels Cargo
Jade Tree
Matador Records
Simple Machines
Associated acts Turing Machine
Members Justin Chearno (guitar)
Treiops Treyfid (guitar)
Scott DeSimon (bass guitar)
Patrick Gough (drums)

Pitchblende was a four-piece art punk band from Washington, D.C., composed of Justin Chearno on guitar, Scott DeSimon on bass guitar, Patrick Gough on drums and Treiops Treyfid on guitar.

Between 1991 and 1995, the group recorded three full-length albums and several singles for the independent labels Cargo, Jade Tree, Matador Records and Simple Machines.[1]


Although based in Washington, Pitchblende's dense, angular sound was commonly thought to be closer in style to the contemporary music scenes in New York City and Chicago than what was heard on the DC-based post-punk labels at the time. Central to Pitchblende's approach was an emphasis on experimentation and dynamics; the band's songs often used complex structures, unusual arrangements, alternative tunings and jarring time changes.

Pitchblende's recordings and loud, energetic live shows earned them critical accolades and comparisons with influential bands such as Mission of Burma and Sonic Youth. The group melded together the chaotic spirit of punk with an absurdist, dada aesthetic; somewhat pop sensibilities; and a musical proficiency informed by prog-rock bands. In spite of occasional references to being inspired by jazz, very little of Pitchblende's music was improvisational. This misconception prompted the band to cheekily rename itself The Pitchblende Quartet for its final 1995 album, Gygax!.

Break up

Despite extensive touring and a prolific recorded output, Pitchblende remained largely a favorite of critics and college radio. After a disastrous final US tour in 1994 when the band's gear was stolen in San Francisco and DeSimon was attacked and beaten up in New Mexico, Chearno and DeSimon moved to Brooklyn where they formed the three piece instrumental band Turing Machine. Chearno went on to form the bands Doldrums and Panthers. Today, Chearno works in the wine industry in New York between recording and touring. DeSimon is a magazine editor. Gough is an urban planner in Toronto who played in the D.C.-based trio Imperial China from 2007 to 2013, and Treyfid is a Los Angeles-based fine artist, solo musician and graphic designer.


Singles & EPs




  1. Woodlief, Mark; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Pitchblende". Trouser Press. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
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