The Harmonica Lewinskies make some cool music, filled with horns, guitar licks and so much more it all kinda takes you back to the days when being hip wasn’t about a fashion statement . This band is unique, I haven’t listened to anything similar to this in a long time. Reminds me of the great records put out by Stax. The Harmonica Lewinskies are not marching to the Industry beat, that’s for sure, this band is making music that rings true to them and in the process they are giving us something to listen to that will surely make you smile. My advice would be to give The Harmonica Lewinskies a listen to….TODAY…
Hi our name is….
The Harmonica Lewinskies
People say we sound like…..
Anything from Ska to Jazz. I’ve been told we sound like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Stones.
Dan “DMC” Lewinsky (vocals/guitar)
Rob “Bobby Lou” Lewinsky (vocals/guitar)
Zebedee “Masterbasser” Lewinsky (vocals/bass)
Will “Sunshine” Lewinsky (vocals/guitar)
Oliver “Twist” Lewinsky (drums)
Maddie “Mayhem” Lewinsky (saxophone)
Jake “Leggy Bones” Lewinsky (saxophone)
Chris “Flip” Lewinsky (trumpet)
Marco “Coco” Sanchez (trombone)
We are originally from…..
Brooklyn, New York
Who are some that have an influence on your sound??
Musically and lyrically, we are heavily influenced by James Brown and Wilson Pickett. I feel once the songs are written though and it comes time to record them, we take an approach based on The Replacements, Iggy Pop, and Blink-182, Taylor Swift’s earlier work. The weirder, the rawer…the better.
The first time we all decided to get together and make some music…
We met in college in 2008. We started going to local shows in Brooklyn and realized we wanted to do that, we could do that. Through our friend Ray Weiss, from Le Rug, we were introduced to Oliver Ignatius and his studio Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. Once we started recording, it all came together and we became part of this very powerful, inspiring movement with Oliver’s help.
Books we recommend …
Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil
Wilco: Learning How to Die by Greg Kot
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the album ready?
We all write songs individually. We all write for the band. The song has to have a certain feel, certain strangeness. Someone comes in an proposes a song. Usually, the song starts stripped down. Oliver adds drums, Zeb adds a bass line, we add a lead guitar part, the horn section gets together and writes parts for it. The song is composed by the entire band. Once we have the songs, we try to get into the studio as soon as we can. On our last album, Dad Rock, we wrote 12 songs and recorded them in a week. It’s hard getting 8 musicians on 12 songs in 7 days. It was eight to ten hours a day and then an all night recording session on the last night. It was mayhem. I think we started at 8pm and ended at around 10am.
Our craziest gig ever was….
I would say Roseland Ballroom was definitely a major highlight for us. Roseland closed down the month after we played there. I think the craziest gigs are ones I can’t personally remember, where the band ran up a 300 dollar bar tab. It’s like that scene in The Blues Brothers. We end up paying a bar to play there.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
I would Memphis in 1955ish or anywhere in the world in 1963/64? We would record “Johnny Be Good” before Chuck Berry or “Hound Dog” before Elvis or “Love Me Do” before the Beatles. I think every musician wishes they could go back in time and beat the Beatles to the punch.
Growing up, at home we listened to…..
The Beatles, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan. I mean, our parents are all big music fans. My parents were hip to 90’s music. I definitely had my fair share of Green Day and Pearl Jam.
What tunes are on heavy rotation for you…
“Everyday People,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” anything by Sly and the Family Stone.
If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?
Sly and the Family Stone. But more recently, we’d like to open for The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, or the Felice Brothers. There are a lot of bands out there today that are keeping the rock and roll spirit alive, as cheesy as that sounds. We want to open for/tour with a band that has fun and the crowd has fun.
If you could give any advice to the kids who are just picking up their 1st guitars or drum sets and want to be in a rock n roll band, what’s your advice?
Get a band together with friends you actually like. It’s definitely hard touring with people you know nothing about. A rock and roll band is a job, but it should be the best job you have. It shouldn’t feel like work. Oh, and save your money.
When you aren’t touring and have some time off , where could we find you…
Most of us have steady day jobs, but usually writing songs.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us…
We put a lot of love into these songs. We were also drunk and don’t remember recording any of it.
listen to some tunes……
BRIEF LEWINSKIES’ HISTORY:
After 5 years of performing, “Dad Rock” will mark the Lewinskies third release. Previous releases include 2012’s “Octopus Wall Street” and the 2013 EP, “Salad Days.” The Harmonica Lewinskies have played at the 2012 and 2013 CMJ, Northside, and CBGB festivals. Last summer, the Lewinskies played Roseland Ballroom’s American Cancer Society benefit and held a month long residency at Piano’s in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Lewinskies have played iconic NYC venues like the Knitting Factory, the Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, and Muchmore’s..
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