Most know Jeffrey Lewis as a mainstay of New York’s notorious anti-folk scene. Others know him because he is signed to the UK’s legendary Rough Trade label. Lewis got started with Rough Trade by doing comic book artwork for Moldy Peaches albums—and his music career took off from there.
And this is where Jeffrey Lewis is unique.
He would much rather be holed up in his New York apartment drawing comics instead of making music. In fact, Lewis has found touring, the best way to distribute his comic book art. His indie comic Fuff isn’t available in any comic book store or magazine shop. You can only get Fuff online or at the merch table at Jeffrey Lewis shows.
But this doesn’t mean you should ignore his music! Whether Lewis is meditating on being a struggling artist in “Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror” or remaking the songs of UK anarchist punk band Crass, Lewis bravely unites the political with the struggle of being a fallible human in a postmodern world, making the music very personal—and universal.