Underground indie rock sensations Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage have shared their lead single 'In Certain Orders' along with a music video. The track is lifted from the band's upcoming LP Bad Wiring.
The band's sound continues songwriter Lewis' gradual transition away from the DIY indie folk beginnings he broke into the industry with in the 90s, and onto firm indie rock ground. There's plenty to grab onto: shoegaze guitars, Simon Gallup-esque melody on the bass, and Jeffrey Lewis' steamroller lyrical delivery.
For the video, the screen is split into quarters, with different scenes all starring Jeffrey Lewis happening simultaneously. One screen has the bonus of lyrics being pasted on top of the shot. It's pretty regular day to day stuff: washing up, walking about town, playing music, drawing. But the frames are sped up and slowed down at playful paces that suits the propulsive track.
For Jeffrey Lewis regular listeners who are curious about the new band name, even though Lewis is the sole constant members of the band and prone to change, there has been not change in the line-up: Mem Pahl (bass) Brent Cole (drums) continue. Lewis just doesn't take this aspect as seriously as most, and changes the name for every release. His justification for the choice this time, is, according to the press release, that all good bands have a 'V' in the name. Fair point. And his middle name is Lightning (hippy parents). On the last LP, the backing band were named Los Bolts.
The record, which the above track is taken from was produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo) in Nashville, Tennessee. It's release is on 1 November via the esteemed Moshi Moshi label. Pre-order the album here
Jeffrey Lewis and The Voltage are on a UK tour and calls in at some lesser visited spots. Good on them.
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