After forming in late 2009, Syn City Cowboys immediately began recording their self-produced and engineered debut album, Blow Me Away, which was completed in 2010. In their hometown of Kansas City, Blow Me Away became an immediate favorite of local rock fans, and gained the attention of various music industry professionals. Their debut effort also yielded a radio single, Control Freak, which reached #91 on Billboard’s Mediabase Active Rock Chart Top 100. In 2011, legendary A&R rep Tom Zutaut, who signed such acts as Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Metallica, and Tesla, joined the Syn City Cowboys’ management team. In 2012, Zutaut co-produced the band’s second and most recent album (self-titled) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. The album was recorded entirely analog and mixed by Paul David Hager. The record was also mastered by legendary mastering engineer Ted Jensen. Currently, Syn City Cowboys are hitting the road to support their new record, backed by national radio support. Throughout their four year existence, the Cowboys have performed with acts such as Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, Korn, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Black Label Society, Saving Abel, Scott Stapp, Steel Panther, Adelitas Way, Killswitch Engage, Escape The Fate, Soil, Sponge, The Pretty Reckless, Heavens Basement, Eve To Adam, Nothing More, Candlebox, Skid Row, Jackyl, Rev Theory, Emphatic, Powerman 5000, Alien Ant Farm, All That Remains, Egypt Central, Veer Union, Burn Halo, Kyng, Nigel Dupree, Janus, and Silverstein.
Kansas City native C.C. Ellis began his music career at the young age of six, playing piano and eventually starting bass lessons soon thereafter, followed by learning to play guitar. In high school, he played bass in the jazz band where he met Dylan Maloney. They played in various local hard rock bands together before they met Ethan Cole in 2009. He then attended the UMKC conservatory studying Jazz Performance before leaving to meet the growing commitments of Syn City Cowboys.
Favorite rock guitarist: Slash
Favorite rock album: And Justice For All (Metallica)
C.C. plays Music Man Guitars, Gibson guitars, Marshall amps, Ernie Ball strings, and Dunlop picks
Lee’s Summit, Missouri native Dillon Gasca began his musical journey at a young age, starting guitar at age seven and drums at age nine. He later played guitar in various Kansas City rock bands before deciding that drumming was his true passion. He then spent years practicing drums on his own, taking bits of influence from his favorite rock drummers and developing his own style. He joined the Syn City Cowboys in 2010 after responding to an online classified ad. He performed all drums and percussion on the newest Syn City Cowboys (self-titled) record.
Favorite rock drummer: Daniel Adair
Favorite rock album: Phobia (Breaking Benjamin)
Dillon plays Tama Drums, Natal Drum, Evans Heads, and Soultone Cymbals
Dylan “Wolf” Maloney
Kansas City, Missouri native Dylan Maloney started taking piano lessons at age six before picking up the guitar a couple years later. At 12, Dylan took up drumming. In high school, Dylan played guitar in the jazz band, where he met C.C. Ellis. They both played together in several local rock and metal bands before meeting Ethan Cole and forming Syn City Cowboys in 2009. Dylan was originally the drummer for SCC, but later switched to bass to focus on songwriting.
Favorite rock bassist: Justin Chancellor
Favorite rock album: Pyromania (Def Leppard)
Dylan plays Music Man basses, Ashdown Amps, Ernie Ball strings, and Dunlop Picks
Lee’s Summit, Missouri native Ethan Cole started playing guitar when he was ten years old, but had originally played piano at an even younger age. In third grade he was exposed to Metallica’s Master of Puppets, and decided from that point on he wanted to be in a successful rock band. He spent junior high, high school, and part of college playing guitar and singing in several bands before meeting the future Syn City Cowboys members Dylan Maloney and C.C. Ellis in 2009. Ethan’s biggest influences are Metallica, Pantera, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Def Leppard.
Favorite rock frontman: James Hetfield
Favorite rock album: The Black Album (Metallica)
Ethan plays Music Man guitars, Peavey Amps, Ernie Ball strings, and Dunlop Picks