TUNE Lewsberg - The Smile
“Rotterdam Talking Heads/Television enthusiasts jut out with a riveting chugger of blase threat and moral ambivalence.” MOJO
“Lewsberg are exponents of a measured, arty-but-inquisitive sound that is slightly at odds with the brazen racket made by the likes of their city peers. Those who dig [...] the Velvet Underground or that very early Modern Lovers sound will surely be drawn to this.” Louder Than War
Lewsberg from Rotterdam are a four-piece rock group named after writer and fellow Rotterdammer Robert Loesberg, famous for his dangerous1974 novel Enige Defecten. That is the greatest source of inspiration for the band: the counterculture and big-city cynicism of the 1960s and 1970s. After releasing ‘The Downer’ EP and Non-fiction Writer single in 2017, Lewsberg released their self-titled debut full-length in 2018. Nine rudimentary and repetitive rock songs, full of a tough, nonchalant intensity. The English lyrics, delivered with a heavy Rotterdam accent, show a tendency towards existentialism and black humour. This album will receive a worldwide re-release 25 January 2019.
‘The Smile’ is the first radio single taken from the album to celebrate its re-release. “The Smile is about not being able to tell whether people are going to do something good or bad, just by how they look. A decent looking man isn’t necessarily doing decent things. And there are minor bad things, that we might easily condone, and really bad things, that we might not even notice, at the same time. Who can tell.”
Lewsberg have previously supported the likes of Parquet Courts, Ought, The Liminanas, Exploded View, Tonstartssbandht, Lithics, Pip Blom.