Yesterday saw the release of Dimetrodon, the latest album from the Doubleclicks, which was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Produced by the band and Mike Phirman (who fellow nerds might know from his multiple appearances and projects with Chris Hardwick aka The Nerdist), this album took songs from the ‘clicks’ Weekly Song Wednesday Project and gave them the “full studio” treatment. After listening to the album, I can say that while I loved these songs in their original form, I am blown away at how much more I enjoy them now. It’s like they gave me the juicy steak I was expected and then they piled another awesome steak right on top of it. (If you haven’t figured it out, I really enjoy steak. This is the reason for the strangely worded compliment comparing the Doubleclicks’ musical talents to steak. My apologies to vegetarians and vegans everywhere who may be offended by what I wrote. I do not apologize for liking steak. Now where was I?……)
The history of how this album came to be dates all the way back to their previous release, last summer’s Lasers and Feelings, their first album with a full band. The long process of recording the album left Angela (who with sister Aubrey make up this dynamic duo) feeling a little restless. She was not used to production taking this long and wanted to combat this by making music she could get out to the public as fast as can be. Because of this Weekly Song Wednesday was born. Each week last fall, the ‘clicks released a new song and video EVERY WEDNESDAY. Not only were the songs up to the standards set by Angela and Aubrey’s previous work, but the videos that accompanied them were very clever and diverse. The concepts for these videos showed the band’s usual work ethic as they were not the simple “point and shoot” productions that folks with a lot more resources and money resort to. There was a lot thought put into them and it showed on the screen. When Weekly Song Wednesday came to an end, the ‘clicks had the makings for a great CD. This lead to the Kickstater campaign in January/February to fund studio recordings to turn the fruits of WSW into a full studio album and to fund an all new set of weekly songs and videos. We even had them on our show the first week of the campaign to talk about it. Their taget amount was $18,000. They ended up raising over $80,000. Needless to say, the campaign was a huge success. And now, only a few months later, the album is available for your listening pleasure.
As I said at the top of this review, the songs that Angela and Aubrey put out during Weekly Song Wednesday were already top notch songs with catchy melodies and fantastic lyrics. Now, backed up by Phirman and a number of great musicians who played on various tracks, these songs resonate with the listener even more. Cats and Netflix, the first track off the album, has almost a folk pop sound to it with rousing back up vocals that bring forth the vision of an old fashioned hootenanny. Where Did You Go, featuring Aubrey on lead vocals, presents a powerful balad that gives insight into the actions and motivations of your dog when you leave her/him alone at home for a long period of time. Icons of fandom are also well represented as there are songs giving props to Wonder Woman, with a track called Wonder, and Godzilla, with a track called Godzilla….of course. Aside from a bunch of new tunes, there’s also live renditions of Clever Girl and Will They or Won’t They from a concert in Seattle. Both the studio and live tracks are great and the album is a home run from start to finish, but two tracks stand out as the hallmark of quality: Internet Troll and Table Top.
Like most stong and talented women who produce something for the internet masses, The Doubleclicks have had to deal with their share of idiots attacking them online. Some say the best revenge is living well, or in this case, taking that agression and hatred and turning it back on the source with a sarcastic love balad. In Internet Troll, Angela calls out the nameless, faceless online attackers and using some clever tongue-in-cheek lyrics, points out how they are just lowly trolls. It’s a cathartic exercise of turning negative energy into something creative and entertaining. Table Top is a straight up “story” song about the ‘clicks preparing to go on Table Top, hosted by Wil Wheaton. In order to be ready, they decide to play every game that’s been played on the show. The list of games rhymed off is impressive. With a simple chorus that will stay in your head for days (in a good way) and an appearance by Adam WarRock, this song is definitely the catchiest tune of the bunch.
If you’ve heard the Doubleclicks’ other albums or seen them perform live, you will not be dissappointed. The songs are just as fun and catchy as they were during Weekly Song Wednesday but now sound even better with some great instrumentation and production backing them up. Pick up your copy of Dimetrodon through itunes, bandcamp, or amazon today! And if you want to get a physical CD (which includes the cool pull-out poster pictured below), you can head over to CDBaby and get it there.
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