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Asked about the future of electro during a ’99 interview for a Finnish webzine, Adult.’s Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus gave an awfully prescient reply: “We hope it dies soon, and it resurrects itself as electro-pop.” Describing their vision further, the Detroit natives said that they “hope…a new scene develops with bands that can cross over genres, from the [d]ance scene to the [i]ndie scene and anywhere in between…A music that might be called [generic], or something like that.” How ’bout we call it electroclash? With more than a few years of electro releases in its catalog, Miller’s label, Ersatz Audio, would have been an obvious hub for that scene. But as the most recent trend in electronic music emerged, the hype focused on Brooklyn, not the Motor City. Ersatz coulda been DFA. It probably shoulda been DFA. But it wasn’t, and Adult. and its labelmates were left looking in on a scene they helped create. As far as Miller and Kuperus are concerned, that’s a good thing. Now that electroclash has been overrun by scores of synth-toting charlatans, Adult. has retreated from that genre’s now-stereotypical trappings. Rather than indulge in its cliches, Adult. has of late ditched any semblance of dancefloor slickness in favor of a much harsher vibe. With more scabrous beats and a grindier sound, the duo’s new album, Anxiety Always, distances it from both the electroclash moniker and, more importantly, the backlash. Adult. dodges the pigeonholes with Ersatz compatriots Magas and Tamion 12-inch at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Mike DeBonis)