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G.I. Joe, psych rock and fruit plates - it’s EP019 with Jeffrey Lewis!
New York songwriter and comic book artist Jeffrey Lewis has few true contemporaries. A prolific creative force, he’s steadily established himself as an uncompromising artist in both fields.
"you have to be willing to fail in order to find the next good thing… You have to be able to disappoint people."
Many artists talk about their DIY ethic, but Jeffrey puts it into practice, from distributing his early tapes, to photocopying comic books and booking tours - all in an effort to invest some genuine personality in his artistic output.
Along with contemporaries Kimya Dawson and Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches, he’s considered one of the key figures of New York’s late 90s antifolk movement. Now signed to Rough Trade and having released seventh album Manhattan earlier this year, he still fearlessly experiments with both his art and music.
Matt and Jeffrey sat down ahead of the songwriter’s show at Hebden Bridge Trades Club to ponder creativity, early memories and and getting too big to fail.
Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts' album Back To Manhattan is out now on Rough Trade.