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A whimsical collation of self-deprecating, anti-folk melodies all blotched with his experiences of growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jeffrey Lewis is everything you’d hope for from an Empire State export; albeit flipped upside down, shaken about a bit and churned out in the most eclectic of fashions.

Certainly not your solo-musician-in-a-can sort, Jeffrey’s first album The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane was a hodgepodge of analytical lonerism and dry wit, which sprinkled a world of cartoon and zombie murders in between its crevices. A comic strip illustrator that has scribbled covers for bands such as The Moldy Peaches, who are also noted as purveyors of the NYC folk punk movement, Lewis’ doodles are often reciprocal to his kooky persona.

His lo-fi, croaky tales of pure obscure irony have delighted us over the years, and his re-birth via new band Los Bolts is a chance for his melancholic observations on life to flourish once more. Their live performances, often accompanied by hand-drawn slideshows and plenty of hard-hitting home truths, will be coming to Middlesbrough’s mima on Wednesday 24th August, for a night of peculiar but nevertheless enthralling live music.

Jeffrey Lewis plays mima’s cafe, Middlesbrough on Wednesday 24th August.


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