Jeffrey Lewis was raised in New York City and is a maker of comic books, tragi-comic folk narratives, and head-smashing garage rock - all of which meld together into the band currently known as Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard. With brother Jack on bass and David Beauchamp on drums, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard incorparate a disparate blend of influences from 60s acoustic psychedelia like Pearls Before Swine to the experimental art-punk of the Fall and the urban lyricism of Lou Reed, sounding a bit like if Woody Guthrie fronted Sonic Youth.
Live shows also incorporate "low budget videos", Jeff’s large illustrations displayed to accompany certain songs, such as Jeff's educational multi-part History of Communism, or the fan-favorite chills of "The Creeping Brain". In 2001 Jeffrey Lewis signed to Rough Trade Records and has since released five albums.
The Jeffrey Lewis band has toured the US, UK, Europe, and Australia, sharing bills with Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Devendra Banhart, Black Dice, Thurston Moore, the Fall, Beth Orton, Frank Black, the Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout Niblett, the Mountain Goats, the Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Wooden Wand, the Cribs, the Danielson Famile, Dr. Dog, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Akron/Family, Roky Erickson, Au Revoir Simone, and others.