Between being a member of a triad of bands and co-DJing the killer dance phenomenon known as “Strangeways,” chances are you’ve encountered today’s inquisition feature: Jesse Ley. Talented and charming, Jesse will rock a set on the drumkit and then have friendly chats with admiring audience members. Staying busy with his myriad of projects, he’s pulling double duty this Friday at the Delicious Pastries‘ double a-sided single release show, where he’ll play percussion with the Pastries and then DJ for the “Strangeways” afterparty. We at Punksburgh caught up with him to inquire about the following:
For today’s #SharePghMusicMonth, it’s my honor to introduce Pittsburgh’s best-kept indie pop secret: the Delicious Pastries. Gaining inspiration from the Elephant Six Collective of bands, the Pastries create an array if ethereal tunes. Their discography thus far includes two EPs – Aleatoric Delay and Pretty Please – as well as a single titled Pygmalion Cantations.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them open for Elephant Six bands Dressy Bessy and Big Fresh, as well as headlining spots at Brillobox (where they were dubbed “Pittsburgh’s Loudest Band” – and believe me, I’m glad I had my earplugs) and Mr. Smalls Theatre. When they’re not playing you can spot the band in attendance of some of their favorite artists – including of Montreal and The Music Tapes. The band also made a pilgrimage to Athens, Georgia where they visited the birthplace of the Orange Twin Record Label and attended the Athens Pop Fest.
The Pastries are currently in the process of recording a full-length album, to be released sometime early in 2018. I’m dying of anticipation, and look forward to the release show (details yet to be determined).
Stephen Gallo (right), Dan Styslinger (keyboard)