LIVE REVIEW: Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts @ The Cluny, Newcastle (10.10.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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With a longstanding reputation for hosting the region’s finest artists, you could argue The Cluny has become Jeffrey Lewis’ home away from home, particularly since he’s played there on every UK tour he has performed. Lewis himself makes no bones about it being a choice venue of his in the UK and it’s easy to see why…

On a cold October Tuesday, an intimate but doggedly supportive crowd braved the weather to pack themselves into The Cluny’s main room to enjoy the latest offerings from the Williamsburg anti-folk songwriter-cum-comic book artist.

Lewis quickly has the room’s full attention with songs both new and old. Starting with All The Birdies In The Wood and You Dont Have To Be A Scientist, which pleases everyone from the fans of his latest work to the seasoned veterans of his early output. Never one to deliver a straightforward set list, Lewis included a smattering of historical lessons with topics ranging from Native American land rights to the cold war brought to us through projected comic books with live musical accompaniment, a feature of which any regular at Lewis’s shows will be familiar.

Lewis was joined on stage by Mem Pahl of Cat Tatt fame and Brent Cole of the indie staple The Moldy Peaches, who led his latest backing incarnation Los Bolts alongside an appearance from musician, poet and brother Jack Lewis. With previously unheard songs and old favourites from a discography spanning nearly 20 years, the audience showed their appreciation through a blend of awe filled silences punctuated by rapturous applause creating an intimate vibe that topped even The Cluny’s usual standard.

Mention must be given to a perfect support from Newcastle’s very own dreamy alt. rock ensemble Swine Tax, who filled the venue with self-described ’90s indie inspired chaos.  


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