Band Biographies: Intentional Trainwreck

Intentional Trainwreck was co-founded by masterminds Pete Lesko and Patrick Gaffney in 2015. As this combination of expertise developed, the necessary session and live performers were brought in to accomplish the band's recording and gigging goals. The diversity of talents involved have made Smokestack of Souls an essential listening experience.

Pete Lesko - Vocals, guitars

Pete Lesko was trained in classical guitar with the renowned Bruce Casteel and has been playing various musical instruments for over 30 years. Specializing in creating sonic walls of destruction, in the evenings he feasts upon the flesh of the slain. Influenced by classical, metal, jazz, and electronic music, he tends to have particularly eclectic musical tendencies. Previous work includes Turbomatic, Tolerance for Tragedy, Isenmor, and Existentium.

Patrick Gaffney - Drums

Patrick Gaffney was raised by wolves and plays with fire. He's a spaz like most drummers and eats weird time signatures for breakfast. He has been influenced by jazz-fusion, rusty metal, and Afro-Indian beats but plays with a uniquely original style. His name is well-known in the progressive rock arena as a founding member of prog-giant Deluge Grander, founder/co-leader of the visionary aggressor Cerebus Effect, and drummer on 2/3 of the Chaos Code discography.
Guest/studio musicians: bassists Mike Galway, Tony Prevara, vocalist Richard David


After releasing one full-length demo, Intentional Trainwreck played a flurry of performances ranging from local clubs to benefit concerts. Following this success, Pete and Patrick began working on new material which eventually was compiled into what has become an exceptionally strong recording endeavor. These new tracks show a drastically improved production profile and, of course, the band continued to advance their musicianship. With the onset of the 2020 pandemic, it forced the band to postpone playing any additional dates. Since the onset of this horrible showstopper, Intentional Trainwreck has continued to record songs and create videos. The 9-song album, Smokestack of Souls, is ready to be released to the masses. And, one day they will be back in your hometown!

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