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Delicious Pastries bids farewell (kinda) 

The local pop group closes out with a final show at Howlers

click to enlarge Delicious Pastries members. Top row, left to right: Stephen Gallo, Jesse Ley, Burr Settles - Bottom row, left to right: Jonathan Chamberlain, Dan Styslinger, Vince Poprocky - PHOTO: TRAVIS MITZEL
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  • Delicious Pastries members. Top row, left to right: Stephen Gallo, Jesse Ley, Burr SettlesBottom row, left to right: Jonathan Chamberlain, Dan Styslinger, Vince Poprocky

A lot can happen in a decade. In December 2018, Delicious Pastries reached its 10th anniversary, a pivotal mark in which the seven-member band decided to end their project. 

Delicious Pastries realized their music evolved, along with the way they create songs, which is now a live process in which they write and record simultaneously. Delicious Pastries’ sound, rooted in the classic ’60s pop structure with rich melodies and harmonies, was finding itself tinged with heavy basslines, drum loops, and synthesizers. 

“It feels like, ‘Oh, it’s out of left field, but it was a natural progression in the way we're recording now,” says drummer Jesse Ley. “We’re pulling a little more from a slightly broader range of influences. A thousand bands have been able to change gears at any point in their career, and that was certainly on the table, but it just seemed like the best thing to do was call it a day.” 

To bid farewell, on Feb. 1, Delicious Pastries is taking the stage at Howlers for one final performance. They chose Howlers because of the numerous positive experiences the band had there in the early stages of its existence. Joining them is rock band Rave Ami and alt/indie group Seedy Players, which is keyboardist Dan Styslinger’s band. That Friday is also Styslinger’s birthday. 

“We never played with his band so we thought it would be a cool thing to do,” says Ley. “For a night that has a lot of significance there, everything seemed sort of appropriate.”

For the final performance, expect to hear selections from Delicious Pastries entire catalog, along with a few surprises. But, the last show does not equate the end of new music from the members. First, the band plans to put out a digital collection of previously unreleased tracks that span every era of Delicious Pastries. The release, which will likely coincide with the Howlers performance, will feature alternative versions of familiar songs, demo recordings, and tracks that were slated to be on the records but were cut for one reason or another.

Second, the aforementioned new style of music the band has been working on is part of a project with Ley, Stephen Gallo, and Jonathan Chamberlain. Last fall, instead of throwing out the music they recorded, Ley, Gallo, and Chamberlain formed a new entity. And Delicious Pastries fans received one last EP, Sky Fleece.   

“[Sky Fleece] was four songs that were going to be on the record that still had the classic Delicious Pastries sound,” says Ley. “So, we put those out as a standalone piece.” When comparing Sky Fleece with Delicious Pastries earlier work, the evolution of their music becomes clear.  

“There’s a song on the EP, it’s like the third track, and I just wasn’t satisfied with how that song sounded,” says Ley. “We ended up scrapping it except for the vocals and the baseline, and we completely reconstructed the song. So, on that EP, that song feels like an outlier to an extent, but I felt like that would be a cool nod to the direction we were going in, because we had already known that the band was coming to an end.”

The three Delicious Pastries members have yet to name the band, but that, along with new tunes, is on the way. “We have plenty of material,” says Ley. “We just need to figure out a way to brand it. [It] feels good and it’s very exciting.”

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