ADAM & ELVIS unveil ‘She Bites Mosquitoes’
British brothers Patrick and Tom Malone (alias Adam and Elvis) write songs as melodious as they are idiosyncratic.
Hazardous guitars, bedraggled basslines and twisted synthesizing instruments are tools of their trade as the Reading, Berkshire brothers unleash rum ‘n’ eerie lyrics, often influenced by the unconditional pragmatism of heroes such as Leonard Cohen and Charles Bukowski.
Their intrepid and stimulating expressiveness is set in slightly wonky, archaic pop-punk musical context and conveyed, with some energy, by Patrick on guitar/vocals and Tom on bass/vocals respectively, and with the aid of Steve Wraight (vocals/percussion) and Dan Robershaw (guitar).
Their album ‘Through Snow and Small Talk’ is out 29th September.
We listened to the twangy “She Bites Mosquitoes” —
This cabaret songs harkens back to the Velvet Goldmine period  of the Bowie years with suggestions of slightly dubious entertainment, political commentary and satire, all wrapped in an elegant frockcoat of rock and roll juggling.
It’s as if Mick Ronson and Lou Reed had agreed to play a number by Van Morrison in The Cave of the Golden Calf… in other words: this is devilish and rather decadent.
See Adam & Elvis live:
Saturday 30 September: Oakford Social Club, Reading (album launch show)
Saturday 7 October: Finborough Arms, London SW10 (album launch show)