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THE JEFFREY LEWIS & PETER STAMPFEL BAND
The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band hits the UK in May 2013, with a new album in tow! Songwriter and visual artist Jeffrey Lewis is renowned for his six albums of twisted garage-indie-folk on Rough Trade, while Grammy winner Peter Stampfel now celebrates 50(!) years of making totally off-the-wall folk music, most famously with the Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs (in addition to being featured on the Easy Rider soundtrack, and more notable albums and collaborations than you'd care to count). Although forty years apart in age, these two New Yorkers share an obsession with both comic books and songs, as well as a collaborative history that has spawned some of the most unexpected and delightful music of recent years! A tour from this pair (and their full 5-piece band, including Franic of the Wave Pictures on mandolin) is an event not to be missed.
Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel playing "Black Leather Swamp Nazi" -
"…it's a gig of equals. [...] they are quite a duo, this mismatched but perfectly compatible pair of New Yorkers." - FOUR STARS (of five) - The Guardian
"...the incredible variety of things on offer made the lengthy [Stampfel & Lewis] set fly by. Although Jeffrey Lewis shows usually feature interesting covers and songs on esoteric subjects... this was entirely on another level. Do you laugh, cry, or simply hang your mouth open in disbelief when confronted with such bizarre wonders? Any of those reactions would have been valid at this show, because it’s probably safe to say that no one in that packed room had ever seen anything quite like it." - Live Review, Rob Evans Hates Your Band
"Jeffrey Lewis [...] continues to amaze in 10,000 ways... Peter Stampfel [is] a name that should drop some jaws if you’re into important figures in psych-folk history (Stampfel […] even contributed to the liner notes for Harry Smith’s Anthology of Folk Music, for Pete’s sake!)." - Tiny Mix Tapes
"Jeffrey Lewis is a great live performer for many reasons. Firstly, his songs are unique, funny and sweetly melancholy and he has a lot of them to choose from. He often incorporates his cartoons into his shows. He always surprises and he has the talent for reminding you that you're witnessing a live event not the note perfect reproduction of a CD. Jeff was joined on stage by former Holy Modal Rounder Peter Stampfel, a band whose often psychedelic, quirky take on folk music served as an inspiration to a young Jeff… Stampfel was a fantastic presence; a funny, awkward Robert Crumb lookalike still clearly enamored with music.[…]. The band sounded great too; fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo weaving their way through these joyfully peculiar songs. […] They played songs from an album they recorded together and despite it all being new stuff they were received like old flames at a school reunion.[…] It was fun, exciting and even educational. […]. The man knows how to give the punters value for money." - SoundBlab