New ADULT. Single + Video ‘Fools (We Are…)’ is Pretty Much a Sh*t Show
When we last heard from ADULT., they had just released the eerily prophetic new track ‘Have I Started at the End’, which was written before, but released just a week into the pandemic lockdowns. And if we’re being honest, their singular brand of biting wisdom surely would have come in handy during the long months of quarantine induced fear and anxiety that followed.
But while COVID raged, they were most definitely busy, prepping a new album, the tellingly titled Becoming Undone, which will be released via Dais Records this coming March. In the lead up, they’ve just delivered an appropriately unsettling new single ‘Fools (We Are…)’, which is about as pithy an observation as might be possible as such a time as this. Indeed, just 30 seconds in, Nicola Kuperus warns, “This is a trick,” then repeats it as if to emphasize that she is definitely not kidding.
The thundering, ominous Nitzer-Ebb-meets-Detroit-(their hometown)-techno musical backdrop may be just what she’s referring to as she disturbingly queries, “How does it make you feel”? But that might just be the ultimate universal question right now, as we struggle through a fatal health crisis, bitter ideological divides, and a looming environmental apocalypse.
The frenetic, theatre-of-the-absurd accompanying video is something like watching a complete psychological breakdown being taken out on a pair of otherwise pristine looking toilets.
Kuperus reveals, “Inspiration came from performances by Paul McCarthy’s ‘Painter’ to Bruce Nauman’s ‘Clown Torture,’ the sculptural work of Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ to Robert Gober’s ‘Two urinals (in 2 parts),’ and the album artwork of Fad Gadget‘s Incontinent. The toilet is a universal motif, a shared human situation or in some cases shituation. We are all fools in one way or another, from war to waste to societal trends in ridiculous human behavior.”
As usual, we couldn’t have possibly said it better (or worse).