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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.
Broadcasting from 1912 to 2012: Radio K celebrates a Century of Cool
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/1/2012 — Take one lonely professor of technology and engineering, one dark stormy night, mix in a few errant sparks from a gap transmitter and the legendary Radio K is born.*
And now the oldest station in the state – is like, really old. And still really cool.
Radio K is taking an entire year to say thanks to the thousands of listeners who’ve tuned in and turned it up for the past century – whether you caught our in-studio performance last week or listened to us transmit Gopher football games via Morse Code in 1912 – you’re part of the Century of Cool and you rock.
We’ll get the party started right with a showcase 100 years in the making. On Friday, August 24th, join Birthday Suits, Leisure Birds, Wiping Out Thousands, and us, Radio K, at Hell’s Kitchen for the best Gigawatt show ever. And be sure to show up early! The first 77 rockers who show their Music Lover’s Card or University of Minnesota Student ID get access to our fun-filled VIP area – complete with prize giveaways, and other between-act entertainment.
And keep in touch – because we have just begun to rock, and here’s to the next 100 years of iconic Real College Radio!
* Professor F.W. Springer may or may not have been lonely. We just don’t know. What we do know is that he helped invent radio broadcasting and created 9XI here at the University of Minnesota – which was later changed to WLB to KUOM which Zeus-like gave birth to WMMR- which was once again swallowed (Titan-like) by KUOM as it become Radio K in 1993.
St. Motel @ 7th St. Entry
July 20th, 2012
The 7th Street Entry seemed a little dark and dismal on the night of July 20th. Local group, Wiping Out Thousands lured the crowd out from hiding with siren vocals and industrial danceable beats showcased in “I’m A” and “Collision of Teeth/Bodies.” Captivating, dark lyrics “Watch for me when you sleep” gently whispered in Mass Nerve add eerie contrast to the brusque electric surges.
Los Angeles based band Races cooled off the crowd with their light airy backing vocals peppered with the lead singer’s slight hint of rasp in “Year of the Child” and “Song of Birds” from their recently released album, Year of the Witch.
The ten-o’clock hour chimed and Saint Motel christened the room with their quirky, bouncing tunes surrounded by a swirl of laser lights. The audience’s appetite was satisfied with chanting along the lyrics of “Feed Me Now.” 1930’s swing was resurrected in “Benny Goodman” with bubbling saxophone and silky swoops in vocal ranges that made you envision a big band flashback but with a modern feel. “Puzzle Pieces” will absolutely trigger you to fall apart into uncontrollable dancing with its bright, accented piano plunks and rush of drums that make up for all of those awkward dances that you went during your post-secondary youth.
Written by Abbie Gobeli, Radio K volunteer