Adam & Elvis are in the building tomorrowBy Linda Serck
February 14, 2013
If there was a prize for the best band name in Reading, then Adam & Elvis are high up on the shortlist. No one in the band is called Adam or Elvis and, besides, there are four of them.
In fact, Adam & Elvis is a bit of a play on Adam & Eve apparently, along the similar lines of Adam & Steve shall we say.
The Reading band formed after brothers Patrick and Tom Malone played in a band called The Hattie Carrolls (presumably influenced by Bob Dylan).
“But we were completely rubbish,” Patrick says, “so Tom started a band called Tightropes and I played with Circus Sands. Then, after a year, we decided to start playing together and so I joined Tightropes and then Bradley joined on drums and we became Adam & Elvis.”
Adam & Elvis is a band name you’ll often see in gig guides, gig posters and write-ups. So it’s playing lots of gigs that is getting them noticed, but also a good dose of young, male attitude.
“It’s playing as many gigs as possible and telling everyone we’re better than The Beatles when we’ve had a few,” says Patrick.
“But we are also quite prolific. We want to be releasing something new every six months or so.”
Their latest release is an EP that the four piece – which also includes Sam Corbyn and Bradley Smith – are launching tomorrow at The Sun Inn in Castle Street, Reading.
“It’s a five-track EP and it’s called Big Smile,” says Patrick. “It’s about the most crushingly depressing things being laughed at and dealt with in an ironic way. We recorded it at the Bournemouth Uni studio and it’s produced entirely by Tom.
“I like to think it sounds like a traditional pop band playing without any sleep, and we achieved that through really distorting the guitars and vocals and using creepy-sounding synths.”
The EP launch party is bound to involve a sleepless night for the band as it sounds like it’s going to be raucous.
“We’re going to play the EP all the way through at The Sun Inn in Reading town centre,” says Patrick.
“And there are three ridiculously good support bands. First is Jeu Rigilo, who are young and exciting.
“Then The Harlots, who are from London and just recorded their debut single at Abbey Road and are doing this show as part of their single tour.
“Then, just before us, is Shoals, who are absolutely amazing and from Reading too.”
The next couple of months will be filled with more gigs, including one at the George Tavern in London on February 28. Back in Reading, they will be playing the Oakford Social Club with Violet Class on March 6.
“That show will be mad,” says Patrick, “so definitely get down for that.”
The Adam & Elvis EP launch party is tomorrow at The Sun Inn, Castle Street, Reading, 8pm. Free entry.
Berkshire power rock band Military Arcade are launching their debut album Revolution Is Imminent at the Purple Turtle in Reading on Thursday, February 21.
The Newbury trio, led by brothers Aaron and Ashley Miles, say of the 11-track album that it is a ‘loose concept album about war’.
“We drew in different influences for each track,” they say. “Some of the songs are pretty personal and some are related to events that have happened in the lead up to making the album.”
The band, who released single Why We Fight in aid of Help For Heroes last year, say the album dwells on the ‘psychological effects’ war can have on soldiers.
“It’s also about what they have to leave behind at home,” they add.
“It’s our way of showing our troops that we’re thinking of them and thanking them for their bravery and everything they give up in order to protect us.”
Revolution Is Imminent is released on Thursday, February 21.
Join the band at their album launch party at the Purple Turtle, Gun Street, Reading.
Find out more at www.militaryarcade.co.uk
So the second headliner for Reading Festival was confirmed last week as Biffy Clyro.
It reminded me of the time back in 2005 that the band headlined another local festival – Bukandskit Festival at the Reading Abbey Rugby Club.
I found the BBC Berkshire review of it on Google, and this is what reviewer Tom Woods wrote:
“Headliners Biffy Clyro drew the swarms in for one last stirring rendition of ‘take me to your blackened sky’. Few bands are as well-received in Reading as the Scottish grunge trio, displayed in the way that they could choose old classics such as Joy.Discovery.Invention, new favourites such as thumping opener Glitter And Trauma, or even experimental new material, and experience the same rapturous reception throughout.”
Now that they’re headlining a slighter bigger festival in Reading this year, let’s make our welcome to them even bigger.
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