The son of a military man, James Kelly Pitts bounced around as a child, spending time in Germany and both coasts of the United States. Upon graduating high school James hopped on a Greyhound bus leaving Tampa Bay, Florida and got off three thousand miles later in Spokane, Washington. It was in Spokane that James began performing formally, playing solo shows next to hardcore and punk bands and eventually landing a spot fronting one of these raucous groups. In the interim he began recording acoustic demos in his studio apartment, and as his own bands found little success he spent more energy on his solo work, shedding his erratic rock tastes for the more literary minded influences of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Wilco, Okkervil River, Neutral Milk Hotel and Lou Reed. After his final stab at Spokane's rock scene, playing bass with the classic rock tinged Tokio Weigh Station, he packed his belongings and moved to Seattle. After amassing multiple albums worth of songs, giving up on music, selling his gear and drinking red wine late into the night, James finally began the process of recording his first full length album in the fall of 2010. Quiet Desperation is a complete product of it's environment, sounding as cold and dark as the late nights spent recording it in a basement and old firehouse outside of Seattle. The subtle effects and lyrical twists make for a heady listen. Nothing here is immediate, but one might find themselves curiously hitting repeat after the final line of the album, 'and it flows like cheap champagne.'