Once a month, the Detroit Proud Playlist dedicates the entire list to one band or artist in particular. This week, we’re bringing you the band ADULT. They’ve graced our playlists in the past – but this week, you’re getting them in full-force.
ADULT, the husband-and-wife duo, are considered Detroit electro-punk pioneers. The two have been making music since 1998, and originally, they published under a pseudonym – Plasma Co. But, by the time Anxiety Always was released (the duo’s second album), Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus were listed, and ADULT started making a name for themselves.READ MORE: Former MDHHS Director, Robert Gordon To Receive $155,000 Payout After Resignation
Together, Adam and Nicola are also the founders of the Ersatz Audio record label – which is a record label in Detroit that specializes in electronic and electro-punk music. Today, ADULT is signed to Ann Arbor’s Ghostly International Record Label. ADULT has also remixed other artists, most notably Felix da Housecat, Fischerspooner, A Number of Names, The Faint, Erase Errata and Bis.
With six full-length albums under their belt, ADULT has a truly creative approach to making music. They integrate vocals with drum machines, analog synths, and electronic-punk elements that have translated in popularity around the world. Aside from being a big name here in their hometown of Detroit, the pair are also a sensation in Germany and the United Kingdom. After their first headlining United States tour in 2003, ADULT was booked for many gigs all across Europe.
After their 2007 release of Why Bother?, ADULT’s fourth studio album, Adam and Nicola took a little time off to pursue other goals. Each of them have degrees in the arts, with Adam in painting and Nicola in photography, so it was only natural of them to want to expand their creative outlets. Together, they created a horror film trilogy, complete with original soundtracks, called the Three Grace(s) triptych. The films were completed in late 2010, and screened at the Distrital Film Festival in Mexico Cit, the CIMM Festival in Chicago, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Also a pretty neat fun-fact of the band: aside from their own home renovation, they also completed a 17-month long renovation on a commercial property in downtown Detroit. They’re definitely a multi-talented pair!
Here are our 10 favorite tracks from this Detroit duo – check them out!
“Lost Love” – From The Album Resuscitation, Released in 2001
“Pressure Suit” – From The Album Resuscitation, Released in 2001READ MORE: Blue Cross of Michigan CEO Earned $11.5M in 2020
“Human Wreck” – From The Album Resuscitation, Released in 2001
“Side Swiped” – From The Album Resuscitation, Released in 2001
“Shake Your Head” – From The Album Anxiety Always, Released in 2003
“Turn Your Back” – From The Album Anxiety Always, Released in 2003
“Nothing Of The Kind” – From The Album Anxiety Always, Released in 2003
“Gimmie Trouble” – From The Album Gimmie Trouble, Released in 2005
“Stranger Mistake” – From The Album Gimmie Trouble, Released in 2005
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