Things haven’t gotten any saner in the meantime. It’s been Jeffrey Lewis & The Creeping Brains, Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters, Jeffery Lewis & The Jackals, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain, Jeffrey Lewis & Jrams and now in his latest version he’s visiting as Jeffrey Lewis & - yes - Los Bolts, with Caitlin Gray on bass and Heather Wagner on drums. This eccentric figure who rose out of the now half-deceased anti-folk sidewalk café scene in New York - which also included legends like Adam Green or the Moldy Peaches - is still at it. Tirelessly touring the world in the flighty manner of «here today, gone tomorrow».
His never ending trip began with his first punch into the public eye which was his birth 39 years ago in New York City’s Lower East Side. His education other than the streets of New York City was highlighted by a degree in literature from NY State University and he also became the comic book artist for a series called Fuff drawn in a style with a nod to Robert Crumb. Jeffrey’s songs are performed with an almost passionless voice and often interspersed by chants and supported by a strummed warbling guitar. Tunes that are sometimes visually dramatized with projections of bursting color comics and cartoons on a screen behind him. His art is heavily lyrics driven with wide-ranging themes that encompass life, death, drugs, insects and loaded social criticism like «The Complete History Of Communism» or quiet every day observations like in «When You’re by Yourself». There’s little under the sun this poet cannot reach and touch and tell you about.
Jeffrey Lewis & - yes - Los Bolts, lightening live and right in front you. But don’t forget, as always he’s here today, gone tomorrow.