Underground indie-rock songwriter, Jeffrey Lewis, will release his new album Bad Wiring via Moshi Moshi Records on November 1st.
Listen to ‘In Certain Orders’, from the new album, below…
Although mostly recognized for his lyrical skills (as well as his illustration/comic book skills), the secret weapon in Lewis’s arsenal has been his slow evolution from DIY folkie in the late 90s to barn-burning indie-rock live sensation.
New band name The Voltage is a bit of a slight-of-hand, as the musicians are the same bassist, Mem Pahl and same drummer, Brent Cole (also of the Moldy Peaches) that Jeffrey has been touring the world with for the past four years as “Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts.” But Jeffrey continues his tradition of using a new band name for each release… and as Jeffrey says, “everybody knows most good bands have a ‘v’ in their name… Velvets, Nirvana, Pavement, Vaselines, Violent Femmes, Camper Van Beethoven, Modern Lovers, etc!” Recent Jeffrey Lewis band names like “The Rain”, “Los Bolts” and “The Voltage” are also in reference to the fact that Jeffrey’s middle name is Lightning, the result of being born on the Lower East Side in the 1970s to hippie parents. It was almost his first name but got moved to the middle name when he was born!
The album was recorded and produced in Nashville by Roger Moutenot, the man responsible for producing all of the classic Yo La Tengo albums. Moutenot who also worked on Lou Reed’s “Magic and Loss” album and Sleater Kinney’s “Hot Rock” album was definitely the right man to capture these twelve new Lewis songs in the studio. As Lewis explains, “As an experience of working with a producer, it was a dream come true. I obviously worship a number of the records Roger had produced in the past, so I specifically sought him out. The fact that he’s in Nashville was just accidental, we would have traveled to record with him anywhere. Now when people hear we made our album in Nashville, everybody’s like, oh, I guess this is your country album…”
Keep an eye out for a couple of other interesting Jeffrey Lewis projects to be released in 2019: Jeffrey’s new giant-size comic book issue (Fuff #12) and Jeffrey’s first book Revelations in the Wink of an Eye: My Insane Musings on Watchmen from Conspiracies to Stupidities. But mostly look for Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage to be playing at a venue near you, on their UK pre album-release tour in September!
September 16 – London, Oslo
17 – Sheffield, Picturehouse Social
18 – Preston, The Ferret
19 – Glasgow, Broadcast
20 – Biggar, Biggar Municipal Hall
21 – Northampton, The Black Prince
22 – Eaglescliff, The Waiting Room
23 – Leicester, The Musician
24 – Coventry, The Tin At The Coal Vaults
25 – Cambridge, Portland Arms
26 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach