Picked to Click 2012: #3 (tie). Wiping Out Thousands
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#3 (tie). Wiping Out Thousands: 71 points
Wiping Out Thousands is a two-person electronic project with an energy and a sound so fresh that you'd think they dropped out of a Futurama episode. It's fitting, then, that their name is derived from Adam Toffler's 1970 futuristic novel Future Shock.
Throughout 2012, Taylor Nelson and Alaine Dickman have proven themselves the preferred local purveyors of electroclash. On these tracks, opposing forces advance and retreat within the layers of synths, propulsive beats, and Dickman's entrancing vocal harmonies. With their music laying total claim to the listener's ears, it's enough to make the end of the world sound destructively sexy. This sort of experimental music is instantly danceable, and universally understood for its highs-and-lows moodiness.
Since the release of their debut EP, Reaction Machine, Wiping Out Thousands have gained a reputation and popularity for their electrifying live shows. It's no surprise to anyone -- except, perhaps, Nelson and Dickman.
"We recorded Reaction Machine in a basement," says Nelson of the beginnings of the band, incredulity attached to his friendly tone. "We used the laptop's microphone. We didn't use any sort of studio space. We did all the website design ourselves. We didn't think it would become this big."
"This big" alludes, most likely, to the times when Wiping Out Thousands snagged opening slots with YACHT and Tanlines earlier this year, and the inundation of attention from new fans. Thus, the pressure is only building for the young band, and Nelson and Dickman hope to keep the momentum swinging upward with this month's release of their debut LP, This Came First.
For all the hype, Wiping Out Thousands are focused on keeping their music accessible -- just as Reaction Machine was released as a free download, so it will be for This Came First.
"We think, right now, that the free model is the best way to go," explains Nelson. "Like, 'Hey, we like this, we want you to like it, so just have it, and if you do, come to our shows and support us in other ways.'"
This Came First will be released at the 7th Street Entry on Friday, November 2, with support from openers LaLiberte and soslylove. 8 p.m. $5 advance, $7 door. Click here.
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