JEFFREY LEWIS & THE RAIN (us) :: CHRIS FARMER (uk)

JEFFREY LEWIS & THE RAIN
(Indie Rock / Anti-folk) 

Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a comic book writer/artist and a musician (or is that a triple-life?). His band also has a multi-faceted existence, restlessly exploring a stylistic swath from contemplative folk narratives to distortion-fueled garage rock to soundscape abstractions and more. Most often a trio (though occasionally just Jeffrey solo, or as a duo, and on some tours as a four-piece), the Jeffrey Lewis group has shuffled its name a number of times over the years, from Jeffrey Lewis & The Creeping Brains to Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters, Jeffrey Lewis & The Jackals, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, and others, in 2013 becoming Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain. These various formations (often in the past featuring Jeffrey's brother Jack on bass and Bronx-native David Beauchamp on drums) have toured the world from Los Angeles to London, Berlin to Beijing, Melbourne to Moscow, blowing minds all along the way and sometimes sharing stages or full tours with the likes of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Devendra Banhart, Devo, The Mountain Goats, Thurston Moore, The Fall, The Vaselines, Roky Erickson, Pulp, Beth Orton, Frank Black, The Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout Niblett, The Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, The Cribs, Dr. Dog, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Akron/Family, Black Dice, Au Revoir Simone, The Television Personalities, Jarvis Cocker and many other luminaries. Live shows often incorporate "low budget videos," Jeffrey’s large illustrations displayed to accompany certain songs, such as Jeffrey's educational multi-part "History of Communism" or flights of fancy like "The Creeping Brain." 
http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/

CHRIS FARMER
(Folk / Lo-fi / Experimental) 

Chris Famer is of vaguely British origin and a self-taught gardener, linguist, musician, artist who composes and improvises in all of these media.

Since early age he has been influenced/obsessed by song and sound, and especially how it can be transformed or dismantled, as seen in the works of Anthony Milton, Michael Gira, Richard Skelton. 

With this in mind, he has gardened, translated and created his way through France, Belgium and the UK since the early 1990s.

He currently experiments with the relation between languages, culture, sound, structure, horticulture and art, in various (random) combinations. 

His quest is to find the poetry in noise and the botany of language, hoping to one day compile a formally chaotic and above all subjective monograph of the world that confronts him (us) every day.

Live, he combines voice and guitar with loops and electronic resonances into an improvised landscape of word and sound.

In November 2012 he released his first solo album "a brief history of crossings out", produced and mixed by Guillaime Le Boisselier with a sleeve designed by Deborah Robbiano.

http://www.chrisfarmer.eu/

 

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