The allure of magisterial album art often makes it difficult to embrace the cautionary don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover concept. The Red Elvises are no exception with their latest album, Drinking with Jesus. But the quirky, cartoon-like modification of “The Last Supper” exemplifies only a portion of the creative minds behind this quirky Russian quintet.
While they may not be quivering their bottom lips to mutter a husky, “Thank you, thank you very much,” these Elvis fans are up to the task of emulating the King himself with a combination of gaudy attire and honky-tonk energy.
True to the album’s beach-party theme, “Twist Like Uma Thurman” unleashes a jazzy, ska-like rhythm comparable to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, a raucous combination of keys and saxophone. The intro radiates a subtle resemblance to Weezer’s “Island in the Sun” in an electro-pop manner, before masterminds Igor Yuzov and Oleg Bernov scream, “We roll in the sand naked and drunk!”
The lack of tempo variation between shameless ballads and excessive lyrical repetition may deadlock this album into only one mood, but the Red Elvises’ novelty and theatrics will surely captivate your ears even if only for a song or two.
The Red Elvises play The Other Side Thursday, July 24, at 10 PM. $12/$10 in advance..