Adult performing in October 2005
|Also known as||Plasma Co.|
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Past members||Samuel Consiglio|
Adult (stylized as ADULT.) is an American band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1998. The band integrates vocals with drum machines, analog synthesizers and electronic/punk elements. While popular in their home city of Detroit, they are also very popular in Germany and the United Kingdom.
Adult began releasing albums in 1998 under the pseudonym Plasma Co. Initially, the band members were uncredited and not publicized, but by the time Anxiety Always was released, Adult was listed as husband-and-wife team Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus. Miller and Kuperus are also the founders of the Ersatz Audio record label. When launching their tour in support of the D.U.M.E. EP, Adult announced that they had become a trio with the addition of guitarist Samuel Consiglio. The trio was short-lived – Consiglio left the band at the start of 2006.
Adult gained popularity while touring constantly in the United States and releasing all of their material independently. They toured with Trans Am in 2002, and in May 2003, the band made its first headlining tour in the United States; gigs across Europe followed soon after.
Before Adult, Miller was with the band Le Car. Kuperus (who is also responsible for Adult's album artwork and photography) has sung on the works of other electronic acts including Death in Vegas, Swayzak and Chicks On Speed. Kuperus has also showcased her photography at museums around the United States and Europe. In 2010, Adult wrote and recorded the original score to the film OPEN by Jake Yuzna.
As of 2007, Miller and Kuperus have focused their attention more on recording and touring, and less on their own label; the last few Adult releases have been distributed by Thrill Jockey Records rather than Ersatz Audio.
Both band members have art degrees. Miller has a painting degree, and Kuperus a photography degree.
- 2001 Resuscitation (contains reworkings of previously released tracks)
- 2003 Anxiety Always
- 2005 Gimmie Trouble
- 2007 Why Bother?
- 2012 Resuscitation (First vinyl pressing by Ghostly)
- 2013 The Way Things Fall
Singles and EPs
- 1998 "Modern Romantics" (as Plasma Co.)
- 1998 "Dispassionate Furniture"
- 1999 "Entertainment"
- 2000 "New-Phonies"
- 2000 "Nausea"
- 2002 "Misinterpreted"
- 2002 "Limited Edition" 7"
- 2003 "Controlled Edition" 7"
- 2004 "T & A" 7"
- 2004 "Split/Split/Split" 7"
- 2005 "D.U.M.E."
- 2005 "Numbers + ADULT. = This Seven Inch" 7"
- 2008 "The Decampment Trilogy" (a series of three limited edition [100 copies] 7" singles with photographic prints taken by Nicola Kuperus)
- 2008 "Let's Feel Bad Together" (released as a digital download and as an "official bootleg" CD-R from Ersatz Audio).
- 2012 "Shari Vari / 122 Hours of Fear" (covers of songs originally by The Screamers and A Number of Names)
All of Adult's EPs except for Let's Feel Bad Together have been issued on the 12 inch vinyl format.
- Felix da Housecat featuring Miss Kittin – ("Silver Screen Shower Scene") (2001)
- Fischerspooner – ("Emerge") (2001)
- Death in Vegas – ("Hands Around My Throat") (2002)
- Copeland, Liz. "Pressure drop: Adult. redefines 'dance punk' on Anxiety Always." Metro Times May 14, 2003 
- Sands, Ryan. "ADULT. steals show at Noise Pop." The Stanford Daily March 8, 2002 
- Carioli, Carly. "High anxiety: Adult's 21st-century electro-pop." The Boston Phoenix April 17, 2003 
- Felix Da Housecat - MDM Hollywood Remixes (Vinyl) Discogs. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- Official website
- Interview with Adam Lee Miller by Alexander Laurence
- Interview by Alexander Laurence (The Portable Infinite)