Hello, thank you for your time, please introduce yourself in a few words!
I am Nicola Kuperus and I co-write the music for ADULT. I am also the lyricists and vocalist.
I am Adam Lee Miller and I co-write the music for ADULT. I am also the studio engineer and mixer.
Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!
Our latest single Fools (We Are..) was released on November 16th of 2021 for our upcoming ninth album Becoming Undone on Dais Records. The video for Fools (We Are…) was created entirely by Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller of ADULT. Come take the plunge and watch the video here
Name 5 things we all should know about you as a band?!
We always have a period or a full stop after our name (but it is never spoken, it is silent when spoken) and is always in capitals – ADULT.
We are NOT electroclash and take offense to that title – we don’t like genres at all, but the closest category for ADULT.would be synth-punk.
We started with our first 12” release on our own label Ersatz Audio in 1998 and have NEVER sold out our principles once in 23 years.
We stand for outsider and queer culture.
For all the people that say “Oh, are they still around?” Yes, we have never gone away, where did you go?
What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?
Our brand is ADULT. and our style is our own.
What’s your songwriting process?
We go into the studio together and it is silent. We break that silence working with machines (usually), running them through unusual signal paths, using planned or random approaches, looking for a sound, a line, a lyric, a performance, that we have never heard before in our own work or in others. Once we find a spark or a seed that excites our desire for originality and mirrors one of the multiple emotions living inside of us we proceed to push and pull at the sounds until we have the beginning of a demo. We leave that demo for a period of time so it can ferment or decay – maybe die. When we come back to the demo, if it still speaks to us (which can be days or months later), we proceed to flush the song out into something that at some moment we intuitively know it is complete. When we leave the studio the silence is filled with a new song stuck in our heads.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would like it if bands could actually make a living wage. Things like streaming services need to pay more / record stores need to become the center of diverse and interesting culture again / people need to buy music again – everyone loves to use the word sustainability unless it relates to musician’s careers.
Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?
Topics & Messages within the work ADULT.
Behavior Modification / Cultural Vandalism / Banality of Celebrity / Impermanence / Obsession with Unreal Life / Front Stage vs Back Stage / Perception / Dissonance / Rejecting Social Mores / Meaning & Purpose / Absurdity
A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls
The question would be: what is the purpose of anything? We do not have the answer to this question but we would like to have that answer.
Photo Credit: Nicola Kuperus
UK/EU: March/April 2022 *with Plack Blague
07/03 UK Bristol • Thekla
08/03 UK Glasgow • Slay
09/03 UK Manchester • White Hotel
10/03 UK London • Electrowerkz
11/03 FRA Lille • Black Lab
12/03 BE Brussels • Magasin 4
14/03 DE Hamburg • Hafenklang
15/03 SWE Malmo • Plan B
16/03 SWE Gothenburg • Skjulet
17/03 SWE Stockholm • HUS 7
18/03 DK Copenhagen • Stengade
19/03 DE Berlin • Urban Spree
22/03 PL Lodz • DOM
23/03 PL Wroclaw • Akademia
24/03 AT Linz • KAPU
25/03 AT Wien • Chelsea
26/03 HUN Budapest • Dürer Kert
27/03 CZ Prague • Chapeau Rouge
28/03 DE Munich • Rote Sonne
30/03 CH Yverdon-les-Bains • L’Amalgame
31/03 FRA Lyon • Sonic
01/04 FRA Paris • La Boule Noire
02/04 NL Nijmegen • Merleyn
North America: April/May2022 *with KONTRAVOID & Spike Hellis
04/13 Cleveland • Grog Shop
04/14 Pittsburgh • Spirit Hall
04/15 Philadelphia • Underground Arts
04/16 Brooklyn • Market Hotel
04/18 Baltimore • Metro Gallery
04/19 Richmond • Richmond Music Hall
04/20 Carrboro • Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
04/21 Atlanta • The Earl
04/22 Orlando • Will’s Pub
04/23 Miami • Gramps (Patio)
04/25 Tampa • Crowbar
04/27 New Orleans • Santos
04/28 Houston • White Oak Music Hall
04/29 Austin • The Parish
04/30 Dallas • Ruins
05/02 Albuquerque • Sister
05/03 Phoenix • The Rebel Lounge
05/05 San Diego • Casbah 06 Los Angeles • Lodge Room
05/07 San Francisco • Rickshaw Stop
05/10 Seattle • The Crocodile (Second Stage)
05/11 Vancouver • Rickshaw (Verboden Fest)
05/12 Portland • Doug Fir Lounge
05/14 Denver • Hi-Dive
05/17 Omaha • Reverb Lounge
05/18 Minneapolis • 7th Street Entry
05/19 Milwaukee • Cactus Club
05/20 Chicago • Empty Bottle
05/21 Detroit • City Club