ADULT. is from Detroit. Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller began their unpredictable path with one now totally obscure 12″. The Modern Romantics 12″ was recorded under the name PLASMA Co. and released on the German label Electrecord in 1998. Realizing the effeteness of the moniker PLASMA Co. (but still drawn to the period at the end of the name), they quickly changed to the more fitting title of ADULT. and in the same year released their second 12″ Dispassionate Furniture on their own label Ersatz Audio which they had started back in 1995. Three 12″s followed, including the highly sought after New-Phonies limited edition picture disc on the Dutch imprint Clone Records which introduced the now unmistakable photography of Kuperus. www.nicolakuperus.com
Things began to change for ADULT. in 2001 with the release of their first compact disc Resuscitation, (which is a collection of their first four 12″ singles). Reaching more freaks than vinyl could back then apparently, ADULT. went out doing more shows than ever before as well as remixing everyone from Tuxedomoon to Phoenecia . After two more 12″s and their first limited hand-numbered 7″, ADULT. delivered their second album Anxiety Always in 2003. Following it’s release, ADULT. embarked on their first “proper” US and European tour. Not really fit for public saturation, ADULT. suffered minor neurasthenia after this and only did one live show in 2004 and three limited hand-numbered 7″s.
2005 found ADULT. ready to be discharged back into circulation with D.U.M.E., a 6 song ep out on Thrill Jockey. Equally like minded in ethics and D.I.Y. imperatives, this new partnership between ADULT. and Thrill Jockey grew stronger later that year with ADULT.’s third album Gimmie Trouble (written in part with short-lived member Samuel Consiglio). A follow up split 7″ with NUMBERS on Kill Rock Stars ended their releases for 2005, but not the live performances. 2005 saw ADULT. embarked on their most ambitious touring yet, with 81 live performances from Moscow to Miami and not stopping until 2006. ADULT. also returned back to their “odd couple” status with the departure of Consiglio earlier that year.
2007 began with the release of their fourth album Why Bother? again on Thrill Jockey. Another tour of 48 shows from Mexico City to Prague was trekked along with the release of their first two music videos created entirely by ADULT.
2008: ADULT. premiered their new silent-experimental-short-horror film DECAMPMENT May 9 at the Detroit Institute of Arts accompanied by their own peculiar electronic horror music especially scored and performed live for the film. ADULT. also took their film/performance to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City (Oct) and to the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles (Nov). DECAMPMENT was written, produced and directed by ADULT. In conjunction with the film, ADULT. releasing their first new release in over a year. The DECAMPMENT TRILOGY, which is an extremely limited 7″ series released on their own label ERSATZ AUDIO. Three 7″s (each strictly limited to 100 copies) tell the story of DECAMPMENT through music, lyrics and photographs. Each hand numbered limited edition 7″ comes in a full color jacket along with a signed and hand numbered limited edition 16″ x 20″ photographic print from Nicola Kuperus. A very adventurous project to say the least. ADULT. also released a 4 song EP entitled “Let’s Feel Bad Together” in October on Ersatz Audio.
2009: ADULT. was a resting year for ADULT. with on four live shows (Bogota, Carnegie Mellon University, Mexico City and Detroit).
2010: ADULT. begin the year with a live show at the New York Fountain Art Fair. ADULT. also realize more of their visual side with the completion of two more short films that they create and score: TRADITIONS & POSSESSION(S). These two films complete a two year trilogy ADULT. have been working on since the creation of DECAMPMENT in 2008. This 113 minute film and live soundtrack presentation is taken to the ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVE in NY and the DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. ADULT. also complete a soundtrack to the film OPEN by NYC director Jake Yuzna.
2011: ADULT. take their film trilogy to the Distrital Film Festival in Mexico City, but spend most of the year working construction to pay off their large debt incurred from making the films.
2012: ADULT. begin the year with a live show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. They go in the studio for the first time in over a year to begin work on a new 12″. Ghostly International re-issues their seminal first compilation album “Resuscitation” on vinyl along with a new 7″ containing two cover songs. They bring their film to CIMMFest in Chicago and spend a month in Japan for an artists residency. They spead the last fourth months of the year, expanding their 12″ into an album.
2013: ADULT. will release their fifth studio album “The Way Things Fall” in May with select shows to follow.