Pseudoubt was an alternative hip-hop band consisting of Artifex (vocals), Adriatic (beats) and Riley Iris (guitar). They released two albums, several singles on Desoplex Records and a live EP via Daytrotter Sessions. For shows, the band originally featured Adriatic on turntables, but later transtioned to a dual drum machine setup. Artifex also played cello and bass on many of the tracks throughout the duration of Pseudoubt.
The members attended high school together in Minneapolis, MN and began making what would become Pseudoubt after demoing the track "Ponytails" after an improv session. The song later ended up on the 2014 debut album Greyscale. The album has a bedroom-demo approach to it's montage vibe, inspired by the setting of the garage they would practice in. Industrial at a glance, but very contemplative and purposeful at a closer glance. The tracklist noticeably differs song-to-song as far as tempo, genre and Artifex's use of rapping vocals versus singing morphs dramatically. It is said that producer Adriatic, also known as Adrian Williams, left part-way through varsity basketball practice to receive the shipment of the CDs for Greyscale. The rap-rock and reggae blending song "Omni" was featured on videographer and director Adam Dunn's #LAAB series on YouTube. The album's single "Man's Best Friend" saw local radio success in the Twin Cities via Local Current, 90.3 KFAI and University of Minnesota's Radio K.
The sold-out release show for the album featured openers Otis Apollo and Underhill. The only feature on the album itself was Adriatic's other group Origami Bones. Artifex and Adriatic later released the abstract sound collage The Peach Goes Blind This Time on SoundCloud, and Riley Iris released the Sunshower Showcase with Orchyd and Origami Bones opening the show. The band gigged heavily during this time, having multiple shows a week at times. It was during this time they also hosted annual Halloween parties not often called the 'Pseudo-Soirees', with their surrounding friend group and classmates.
In 2015 Pseudoubt premiered the music video for "Opaque" which was the lead single from the group's second album Where Nothing Grows. While still consisting of a formula of a midpoint between industrial rap, U.K. electronic music, and indie rock, the album differed from the first album. Contrary to Greyscale, this album consisted of a colossal 17 tracks (and some leaked demos). The group did not return alone however, enlisting features from Kristoff Krane, Onry Ozzborn, Myka 9, Aym Telos, Underhill, Origami Bones, and Elena Hansen of Treading North. The production was more focused around Adriatic's individual compositions, compared to the previous album which was centered on the group's garage-based jam sessions (i.e. "Ok, Clever"). The lyrics were largely based on Dante's Inferno.
After a string of live in-studio sessions, the band embarked on a 2-week tour of the midwest with co-headliner Treading North. They, as a 6-piece band at that point, recorded the Daytrotter live session after this tour. Pseudoubt was featured on Radio K's Christmas mixtape in 2015, noticeably the only song not in the theme of the Holidays, but rather a sneak peak at an alleged third album. Guitarist Riley Iris, known for his long hair and colorful wardrobe, left the band as primary member to attend Beloit College. During this time, Pseudoubt also headlined several sold-out shows with Spencer Joles and Nazeem.
The single "No Peripherals" dropped in early 2016 via SoundCloud, after a second mid west tour with Otis Apollo. The single matched a turn to their live performance transition to be more rooted in traditional 90s hip-hop.
After a run of college gigs, the band announced via twitter and Facebook that their show that night in Morris, MN would be their last together as Pseudoubt. The band was already sized down to a duo of specifically Artifex on vocals, and Adriatic as the producer and DJ.
In 2019, the group's song "One Place" was later revisited on Myka 9 & Adriatic's album In Motion.
In 2020, there were several previously unreleased tracks uploaded to the band's SoundCloud page.