ANTIFOLK legend Jeffrey Lewis is planning an exclusive solo gig in Hebden Bridge as his only UK show before he returns for an autumn tour.
Described by Jarvis Cocker as ‘the best lyricist working in the US today’, Lewis will play the Trades Club on Wednesday, May 11.
Lewis is hailed as the undisputed leader of the antifolk movement, being the key player at New York's Sidewalk Cafe, where the movement was born.
“I think it's a cool title. The fact that no one knows what it means, including me, makes it kind of mysterious and more interesting than saying that you’re a singer/songwriter or that you play indie rock."
A prolific songwriter, Lewis' downbeat self-deprecating humour, an off-kilter singing style, a mixture of acoustic and 'punk' songs which feature themes of everyday occurrences and feelings have propelled him to cult status.
Growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhatten his songs are also highly informed by his home surroundings, with songs name-dropping places such as Williamsburg, the FDR Drive and the East River.
After being signed to Rough Trade in 2001, Lewis released his first official album The Last Time I did Acid I Went Insane, and in 2007, released 12 Crass Songs, an album consisting entirely of songs written by the anarcho-pacifist British punk band Crass, reworked to match his antifolk style.
He also quite enjoys the moniker of antifolk founder. “I think it's a cool title," he says. "The fact that no one knows what it means, including me, makes it kind of mysterious and more interesting than saying that you’re a singer/songwriter or that you play indie rock."
This gig is a one-off acoustic show that will feature some new songs from the album Lewis is currently working on, and the gig will finish at 10pm, so Leeds-based fans are guaranteed to get the last train home.
Tickets priced £7 are available from Jumbo Records or from the Trades Club at www.wegottickets.com