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Weekly Release Spotlight: Wiping Out Thousands

Posted on 11/26/2012


Wiping Out Thousands
This Came First


Wiping Out Thousands are Twin Cities electro-rock duo Alaine Dickman and Taylor Nelson. Following up their successful Reaction Machine EP, they unleash their debut LP, This Came First released on October 23rd. They invite you to their underground of sonorous strata.

“More Than Five Million” welcome you with vocals belting an anthem and layered musicality rushing in to flow along. Silken vocals and lively guitar ride atop thrashing sonar waves in “Creation.” Silent suspensions erupt into diverse paces that entice you to wonder what the sonar waves will throw at you next.

This Came First is similar to a theatrical experience with “Follow Me into the Wake” as a transitional intermission.  But this intermission won’t allow you to get out of your seat while a dark atmosphere unfolds. “Follow Me into the Wake” expands into an echoic chamber of piano and vocals and flawlessly contract into an industrial pace of tiered clicks and taps.  The layers blend into a build-up that twists until it disappears into a sudden silence.

Over the summer, I heard “Beach” for the first time when Wiping Out Thousands performed it at the West Bank Music Festival and am thrilled to hear it on this record. The storytelling of this piece is beautifully crafted. The voice softly wanders in and out of the sharp static winds accompanied with fluid piano droplets.
“As We Sink a Foot Deeper into the Earth” winds the album down to a gorgeous finale. It contrasts the albums high-paced movement with the simplicity of gradualness.

Get This Came First for free or pay what you can. According to the band’s Facebook page it’s what they desire, “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.” Are you craving more? Wiping Out Thousands will be playing at the Ice House with Phantom Tails on November 30.

Written by Abbie Gobeli, Radio K volunteer.

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