Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Adult. at The Troubadour, Oct. 6

Detroit death-not-disco duo Adult. are all about extremes. They’ve embraced Heraclitus’ adage that change is the only constant, evolving from the sleek, post-electro pulse of their early work to the abrasive chainsaw massacres that mark their more recent releases, especially 2005’s Gimme Trouble (Thrill Jockey). Consisting of husband-wife team Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus, Adult. often alienate even their fans with their chronic evolution, which seems to suit the band just fine. Kuperus’ vocals are akin to Siouxsie Sioux strangling Lene Lovich into submission over Miller’s discordant noise bursts and beats. Their live show is an exercise in confrontation and possibly the best representation of what Detroit’s really like this side of getting jumped in the Cass Corridor. Motown freak-rock expats Hard Place and L.A. synth experimentalists the Bubonic Plague set it off.

(Originally published in the LA Weekly, 10/06)