Fresh off their stellar Moogfest performance, the punk-leaning electro duo, ADULT., launched a four-city tour with a debut performance at Brooklyn’s Verboten nightclub last weekend. Curated by PopGun, an independent concert and promotion company, the night was not only a debut for ADULT. but the first of hopefully many live performances at the new BK haunt, a club already known for their quality productions, fantastic sound, eclectic crowd and excellent talent.
The pair, consisting of Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, has been on an auditory and visual journey since 1998. They have released multiple albums, each different than the last, drawing on themes, inspirations and poetic observations. They delivered tracks as far back as 2001’s “Nausea” to 2008’s “Let Feel Bad Together” and 2011’s anti-consumerism “Pressure Suit,” each tune, demonstrating a consistent theme of unfettered and unapologetic rawness.
Opening acts Xeno & Oaklander set the tone with their ethereal and haunting vocals, and driving bass lines that woke up the still-gathering crowd as it they went from mulling about to dancing in moments.
Beckoning to the call to “spread the word of weird,” fans soon crowded onto the main dance floor to catch ADULT. live in action. Opening with “New Frustration,” a track from their widely acclaimed album, The Way Things Fall, the fog machine smoke filled the room, which began to move and stomp in unison within the plumes. From the onset of the show it was evident how the city of Detroit and the music of the ‘80s has influenced ADULTS.’ sound. It’s seems familiar and somehow musically nostalgic, however, their “electropunk sound” was something entirely different. The show drew to a close with a first-time performance of their new track “Drop Your Body,” an awesome treat to those who came out to party with ADULT. Techno basslines under New-Wave/New-Romantics synths coupled with Post-Punk/Pop vocals with just the right amount of angst to deliver a unique experience and killer show.
The coming shows will undoubtedly be equally as intense. The next city on the tour is their hometown of Detroit where they will be headlining the Ghostly International 15 Year Party, followed by stops in San Francisco and LA. “Spread the word of weird” and catch them at one of these cities.
Photo credit: Daniel Leinweber for VerbotenNewYork.com