INDIE GLAM ROCK DUO
ASTRA THE 22’S
DROP NEW TRACK:
“Their blend of thumping glam with an indie mentality is just the right amount of pizzazz that should allow them to flourish sooner than later.” (PureVolume)
Latvia-born, Brooklyn-based indie glam rock duo, Astra the 22’s, drop the title track from their forthcoming EP, Paris Love, due out this summer. Mixed by Kato Khandwala (Blondie, The Pretty Reckless, Paramore, My Chemical Romance) and Mastered by Howie Weinberg (The White Stripes, The Cure, Aerosmith), Paris Love explores sex, narcissism, love, art and war on a global and personal level. The duo have done over a dozen interviews and performances on Latvian National TV/ Radio, and their songs are in regular rotation on radio stations in Latvia & Lithuania.
Kerry Kaleja and Eric Jayk ﬁrst met in 2011 while Kaleja was living in New York City. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Kaleja was looking for guitar lessons and stumbled onto Jayk’s posting on Craigslist. At this time, Jayk was touring with Wildstreet. Three years later, the duo formed Astra the 22’s, fusing their eclectic influences ranging from The Kills to Michael Jackson to Nine Inch Nails to Blondie. The pair released their debut EP Blue Venom in September 2014 and began performing in Europe, most notably at festivals including, Vilnius Music Week in Lithuania, the Gaizin Kalns Festival, and the KLANG! Rock Festival. In 2015, they performed at the Gold Microphone Awards show the biggest music awards show in Latvia. Both EP’s Blue Venom and Paris Love were written while Kaleja and Jayk were living on apart, Riga and Brooklyn respectively. In 2016, Astra the 22’s relocated to Williamsburg, Brooklyn adding bassist Rebecca Silber-Capalbo and drummer Luca Bertaglia.
Besides their hype in Europe, Astra the 22’s have left a mark on legendary NYC hotspots, such as The Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall and The Mercury Lounge. Currently performing select regional dates, including March 16 at Pianos, Astra the 22’s are planning festival/tour dates in late 2017.