Pyrite Parachute has always been about doing something different. The band was formed on a whim by musicians who were looking for a no holds barred creative outlet.
From the beginning it was obvious that the diverse influences in classical, blues, rock and country were going to compliment, not clash. “It’s like making a stew. It takes all the different ingredients together to make it right… to make it good.” says Joey Howard, lead singer and guitarist for the band.
That mixing of influences gives Pyrite Parachute a sound that is difficult to fit into a genre. Everything from blues to jazz to country to calypso is fair game, and while the song genre may change, the sound remains unmistakable. “We move around a lot musically during a set and even more during a show. The closest you may get to classifying us is a term a festival we played used: ‘progressive southern rock’ — which I’m not even sure is a classification…” offers Donnie Garvich, the band’s keyboard player.
Chip Dews, Pyrite Parachute’s lead guitarist adds “It’s fun to play music without boundaries. You can get on stage with these guys and just cut loose. Whatever you do it won’t be too much, or too little. It just ends up sounding good. There’s a lot of territory you can explore when you have that kind of freedom.”
In 2012 the band added another robust layer to their sound with a new rhythm section, featuring veteran bassist Rufus Stover and drummer Keith Weber. “The timing for everything worked out for us to get to play with Keith and Rufus and I think everyone is having a great time with it. We kind of gave them a baptism by fire and threw some shows at them early and everything kind of just jived.” explains Joey. “Having a rhythm platform like these two lets you explore musical areas you didn’t know existed. It definitely frees you up to do whatever you want, however you want, whenever you want…” adds Chip “… and that’s kind of what Pyrite Parachute is all about.”