Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5: Alcohol
Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5 is the self-proclaimed offspring of "…New Orleans jazz funerals, [and] jubilant melodies with discordant no-wave dirges about love, sex, death, and whiskey." Their recording debut was in 2007 with the release of Murder and the Art of the Dance, and their second album, Delirium Tremendous is set to drop July 26th of this year. Their cover of the Kinks tune Alcohol is featured on this project and is tasty enough to stop the room.
Mr. Lewis and The Funeral 5 is comprised of Gregory Lewis (vocals, guitar), James Sheeran (drums), Philthy Howard (piano), Danny Dervish (bass), Rob Metcalfe (guitar, percussion) and James Bonura (saxophone, percussion). Their sound and style is definitely a throwback to cabaret evenings where the rhythm was as loose as the women, and the melodies were as intoxicating as the drink. I really dig the hodgepodge sound that is created by so many influences focused through one well defined image, and I'm excited to hear the rest of the album in a couple of weeks.