BioKelley Stoltz grew up in suburban Detroit and started his first band in 8th grade. He moved to NYC in 1994 to work as an intern for Jeff Buckley, sorting his fanmail. It wasn't long until the Bay Area called, and Kelley bought a 4-track. He recorded The Past Was Faster for the Telegraph Company label in 1999. Antique Glow was self-released to friends 2 years later on vinyl, with hand-painted covers.
It was through this LP that he caught the attention of the Jackpine Social Club label. "I think Kelley's songwriting is just magical," says Nick Tangborn, the head of Jackpine. "There's elements of Nick Drake in it, spacey Pink Floyd stuff, a little post-punk, it incorporates all these great elements in a way that sounds really fresh."
Kelley cites his biggest influences as Echo & The Bunnymen, The Monks, Drake, The Beatles, David Bowie and Lee Hazelwood. The mention of Bunnymen comes as no surprise to many Bay Area residents, who recently caught Kelley, along with Pavement and Preston School of Industry's Spiral Stairs, performing the Echo record Crocodiles in its entirety at two sold-out shows in San Francisco. Kelley had previously recorded his own version of the record, playing every instrument himself, mostly from memory. It made the rounds of friends and a few Bunnymen fans and wound up in Spiral's hands, compelling the guitarist and songwriter to head south from Seattle to perform the record live.