WIPING OUT THOUSANDS
Wiping out Thousands derives it’s name from the Alvin Toffler novel Future Shock. Like a tidal wave consuming a densely-populated island of sentient robots, Wiping out Thousands’ brand of electro - equal parts abrasive and gorgeous - reaches out from their home base of Minneapolis to the far corners of the grimy neon futurescape of tomorrow. Wiping out Thousands started as the brain-child of Taylor Nelson (of The New Monarchs), Alaine Dickman, and Adam Tucker (of Signaturetone Recording). After compiling a number of demos, Taylor and Alaine broke off to continue things on their own.
In the early winter months of 2012, Wiping out Thousands won over the Twin Cities music scene all by quietly releasing their attention grabbing and much buzzed about self-released EP entitled Reaction Machine. The EP was recorded under their own supervision, not even utilizing studio space, making it more of a home-brew project. The production duo made up of Alaine Dickman and Taylor Nelson, decided to not only put a new level of detail into their vision, but to flourish in musical partnership releasing their debut full-length album entitled This Came First.
Wiping out Thousands wanted to narrow in on their production and song craft with a more focused, straight forward collection of songs, with higher level of detail and thought. And that's exactly what the Minneapolis/St. Paul electroclash duo did on This Came First. Both Dickman and Nelson go on to say, “We worked a lot closer in putting songs together on this new album. We combed it over to make sure its what we want out there.” Previous releases were a big test for the duo in seeing how they could work together and what they could create. This Came First is definitely a more precise execution of their creativity. Dickman and Nelson worked along with engineer Adam Tucker of Signaturetone Recording on initial production of the album, while the duo handled all electronic production themselves.
This Came First was self-released by Wiping out Thousands on 10/23/2012, and is available for FREE digital download via the artists main website and Bandcamp page. The duo states, “We believe in giving our music away for free. It's not a product, it's our art. And we don't like the idea of putting up a pay wall between us and any potential new listeners. Reaction Machine was free, and the new album will be available for free as well.” The debut, 8 song album, is also available on ITunes, Amazon, and streaming on Spotify.
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