After the Jump presents Pela, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY, performing in the early evening on the free Main Street stage at 7:30pm.

Listen :: Waiting on the Stairs

MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?

PELA: We all accidentally met and formed between 2002/2003 in Brooklyn, NY. We were all living more or less in the city and just fell into being a band.

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in New York, feel free to share a memory or a certain place (bar, restaurant, record store) that makes you feel like home.

PELA: Playing in Red Hook in 2003 to nobody at a bar called “Lillies” which is no longer there, Having the bar owner tell us to turn it down and our guitar player punching a dude in the face, breaking his glasses.. sort of brings the old days back.

MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?

PELA: Sometimes we go our own ways before shows.. back to the hotel or whatever. It really depends. Favorite songs change as well. Usually something we worked on pre-tour that we are seeing a reaction from.

MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?

PELA: Hehe, it is hilarious how bad we are at that… we listen to whatever people give us. It seems like we have been on a Raconteurs kick this tour. Also driving through the desert this year, listening to Roy Orbison was really cool, too.

MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.

PELA: I’m really fond of Mexican folk art. It doesn’t influence our music, but it can be a really nice way to compliment the work when it’s completed.

MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.

Baddassmusicmixtape by Billy.

Harlan Man : Steve Earle
Prison Bound : Social Distortion
Guns of Brixton : The Clash
The Clown : Roy Orbison
The Toughest : Peter Tosh

.image credits and thankyou to pela.

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