Adam & Elvis
Bonded not only by blood but a taste for finding humour in the macabre, Patrick and Tom Malone are brothers whose sibling intuition extends to a penchant for songs as melodic as they are bizarre. Cut-throat guitars, dirty basslines and contorted synthesisers are their tools as the brothers pen hook-filled numbers with strange, poetic lyrics, often influenced by the stark realism in the wordplay of Patrick’s heroes Leonard Cohen and Charles Bukowski.
This bold, thought-provoking prose is set to a musical backdrop of exhilarating wall-of-sound pop and primitive punk energy, unleashed by Patrick on guitar/vocals and Tom on bass/vocals respectively, with the aid of Steve Wraight (vocals/percussion) and Dan Robershaw (guitar).
The Reading band have performed their adventurous, singularly intense live shows on the same bill as Fat White Family, The Zombies and The Correspondents, and garnered resounding praise for their blistering debut single, ‘Hanging Tree’, taken from their first long-player, Through Snow and Small Talk, to be released on the band’s own DIY Freak Power label in the autumn of 2017. It’s an album fizzing with ideas and energy, capturing Adam & Elvis in all their irreverent, witty and experimental glory, the sound of a group that have come of age and are proving as hard to pigeonhole as they are to ignore.
See Adam & Elvis live 17th November Lock Tavern, Camden, London
About ‘Thick Bob’ one of my face track
Inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe short story where a son kills his mother to keep all the buried treasure for himself, ‘Thick Bob’ appropriately finds Adam & Elvis at their most overtly Gothic to date. Channelling late-period Damned, the song is all jagged hammer-ons, squalling lead, tumbling drums and a vocal delivery that’s equal parts melodrama and menace. The shock contrast of the summery chorus and warped instrumental break only serves to further the sense of unease – and that’s before the Hitchcockian string stabs kick in. ‘Thick Bob’ is a rare beast that puts both a spring in your step and a shiver down your spine.