Portions for Foxes presents
Tue 18 June // 20:00 / Venue Space
Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts (NYC, Rough Trade Records) play a crazy, original mix of scuzzy urban indie-rock, literate lyrics and comic book punk, like a 21st Century mash-up of Sonic Youth, Pete Seeger and R. Crumb. Jeffrey has done tours in Europe and America and Australia and Asia and elsewhere (averaging over 100 gigs every year since 2001), as well as sometimes playing as the opening act for bands like the Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Fall, Pulp, Roky Erickson, The Vaselines, Adam Green, and other luminaries.
Jeffrey has released seven critically acclaimed albums on Rough Trade Records, in addition to albums on other labels (like K Records and Don Giovanni), and Jeffrey continues to self-publish his art and writing in an ongoing underground comic book series called Fuff.
With current Los Bolts bandmates Brent (Moldy Peaches) Cole on drums and Mem (Cat Tatt) Pahl on bass, Jeffrey has recorded a new full-length album in Nashville with producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Lou Reed, Sleater-Kinney), with release date tba!
We're so pleased to bring back one of our all time favourite artists to Toon, 12 years since our first gig in Durham in 2007!
Some praise for Jeff:
"Jeffrey Lewis is slowly but surely on a trajectory to immortal cult-status." – Line of Best Fit
"[Jeffrey Lewis is] The best lyricist working in the US today.” – Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
"Hands down my favorite contemporary songwriter" – Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
"Bands as magical and genuinely original as this are as essential as oxygen." – Culture Delux
"Weird? Very... but also downright inspiring" (four of five stars) – Rolling Stone
“I discovered [Jeffrey’s] music via 'Sad Screaming Old Man' which is one of my favorite songs ever written. …I have great respect for [Jeffrey’s] formidable skills.” – Dave Berman (Silver Jews)
“Ramshackle and beautiful noise… Lou Reed’s natural successor as punk poet of the New York streets” – Louder Than War
“One of our cleverest, hardest-working, most underrated songwriters” – Magnet
“The Big Apple’s best-kept secret.... Genius… mind-blowing." – NME
"Bizarre but brilliant" – Uncut
"Dazzling" – Mojo
"Jeffrey is the only artist I've sent fan mail to.” – Jens Lekman
"Really great and impressive and inspiring and exciting... There's not a lot of people that can tell a story and use language like that in music." – Will Oldham
“Ideas burst from Jeffrey Lewis… ramshackle fuzzbomb jams… inspirational." (four of five stars) – The Guardian