MUSIC, COMIC BOOKS AND BLANK PAGES
The fast-talking/singing 38-year-old New Yorker is not traditional in any respect, especially when it comes to his views on so-called 'good sound'. But first: Where does he see himself on the music scene – being this rare combination of music and comic books?
"I'm sort of outside both scenes. I'm not really fully in the music scene or fully in the comic book scene; I'm a bit stuck between," Jeffrey explains.
"In all the years that I've been doing this, I haven't seen another band that does anything like my band does, so that's a good thing. We're the best at this. We're the only ones at this!
I've noted that 99.2% of all bands could evaporate from the face of the earth and it wouldn't make much difference to the music and culture scene. The average band is replaceable with the next band, but my band is different. Not everybody will love it, but when we're gone you probably won't find anything like this to replace it," he muses.
Only good songs matter
Jeffrey Lewis isn't traditional and has the courage of his convictions. When it comes to so-called good sound, seen strictly from a creative songwriting point of view, his statements may be surprising:
"I think 'good' is usually the enemy of real quality. You can hide behind 'good' gear, a 'good' guitar, 'good' recordings, 'good' amps and speakers and whatever, but none of that means you have any art of value to yourself or to anybody else,"