Comic book indie rocker Jeffrey Lewis in Norwich
Colin WilsonPart folkie, part indie rocker, part comic book artist, Jeffrey Lewis returns to Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday night (8pm) with the Junkyard to promote tracks from his most recent album Em Are I.Colin Wilson
Part folkie, part indie rocker, part comic book artist, Jeffrey Lewis returns to Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday night (8pm) with the Junkyard to promote tracks from his most recent album Em Are I.
His shows can range between 'lo-fi folk and sci-fi punk' as well as occasionally incorporating 'low budget videos' (large ragged comic books displayed to accompany songs).
Jeffrey was raised on New York's Lower East Side and was initially inspired by the gentle psychedelic folk of Donovan, the DIY magic of Daniel Johnston and the fearless early recordings of local folk-punk legends the Fugs.
Lewis began recording home-made cassettes in 1998 and selling them, packaged in small comic books, at his soon semi-monthly shows at Sidewalk, home of New York's antifolk scene. His younger brother Jack began playing electric bass and contributing to the shows and tapes.
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It's only since 2002 that Jeffrey and his brother Jack have become an 'official' band, with various friends trading time in the drum seat.
Over the years they have shared bills with the likes of Beth Orton, British Sea Power, the Trachtenburg Family Sideshow and Cornershop.
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Main support comes from Jeff's brother Jack Lewis with the Fisherman Three (featuring Simon of the Wowz and Raphi Gottesmen of F3 and the Cutoffs). Also on the bill are the Tiger MCs and Lucky James Boyce.
t 01603 660352 (�8adv/�9door) Norwich Arts Centre box office, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk