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 bass lines 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. Recent gigs include playing The Shacklewell Arms supporting the The Fat White Family and playing at Y-Not festival.
Our Rosie interviewed Adam and Elvis ahead of their debut Nottingham show at Alberts on Friday 20th December for the launch of “Caribou Club” , a night for the singers and the sinners, the and the wingers and the winners, Adam and Elvis seem the perfect band for this!!
• The release of Your latest album ‘Pub Grub’ has been slightly delayed but you have released singles what has the reaction from listeners been like?
Sadly we have had to do a Kanye and delay the album release a little longer because we want it to be amazing and sometimes that means being slow. But we’ve released two singles For Even Moreand Doctor Bad Touchthat we’re really happy with and they’ve been going down beautifully live.
• The tour to support this is nearly at an end; what has been the highlight for you?
We put on a night ourselves with Meatraffle and some other friends at the George Tavern in Whitechapel which sold out. It was the bees knees.
• What can we expect from a live show?
It’s like Chas and Dave having an existential meltdown with weird synths and sax. People have said it makes them think of the Rocky Horror Show picture show, but we’re not drama students or anything like that.
• If you had to describe your sound in three words. What words would you use?
Wonky pop people.
• Where did your band name originate from?
We want to be at the top of alphabetic lists. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it’s 7/10 band name, not of the great band names that you see on a lineup and think ‘we have to go and see them.’ But that band Let’s Eat Grandma are rubbish so these things can be misleading.
• What do you think to the Notts music scene right now?
Well I think the Sleaford Mods are the Godfathers of something very special at the moment in music. Something that is both dead serious and absolutely hilarious. However, I don’t know much else about the Notts scene.
• What would you change about your local scene if you could?
Well in Reading there’s a lot of covers band who get booked and I think it’s such a shame and a damning indictment that there’s no longer the space for people to spend time experimenting with ideas and create something original and exciting. There’s a crackdown on small venues having soundchecks because people can’t handle a band tuning up while they eat their bean burger.
Anything you’d like people to know about you?
We’re nice people even if we look a little bit unhinged on stage.
Come see Adam And Elvis get unhinged on stage (in a nautical way) at Alberts for the Caribou Club launch night on the 20th December alongside Mrs Green, Arch Femmesis, Scarlett O Hora and Jahrel JP and the French Connection.
£5 ADV, £7 OTD- Do Not Miss!
Words by Rosie Grace Lewis
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