Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
My first experience with The Double Clicks was at the 2013 Rose City Comicon. There guitarist Angela Webber gave me one of there cards and told me a little bit about their music. I should probably tell you that she was wearing a TNG trek uniform at the time. Now since it was a comicon that wasn’t really that out of place. Still somehow that just screamed ONE OF US…ONE OF US….ONE OF US.
When they gave their concert. It ran up against a panel with Christopher Judge and Jewel Staite so I missed it. I did like them on Facebook however, which was a perfect time because within a week they released their awesome feel good dinosaur song Dimetrodon. I cannot hear that song and not laugh and smile. They have several dino related songs (None of which are I Love you…You Love Me) Including one where they urge real velociraptors to not suffer from low esteem because they aren’t as big as the ones in movies, nor should they depressed because can’t they open doors)
The Double Clicks are if you didn’t know about them are a Portland based geek centric folk rock band composed of sisters, Angela and Aubrey Webber. They like many people aiming for the nerd audience started out on YouTube but they now have four albums out. There third album debuted number seven in Billboards Comedy Album chart.
I got to see them a few months ago, when they had a release party for their album Dimetrodon. It was held in a Portland club called The Secret Society. This is an old Masonic lodge whose upper floor is a restaurant and a stage. The conspiratorial/creepy vibe was the perfect venue for something that might be just a little left of the norm. In addition to a couple of local stands up comics, Molly Lewis, and Bill Corbett of MST3K preformed. (You have not rocked out until you have rocked out with Crow T. Robot 2.0)
It was more of a show than a concert. The difference is that show is smaller but more intimate. You feel so close that it seems like you are part of the act. With a group of geeks it is even more so. Its like anything else that you do with a crowd of like mined people, its like a magnifying glass it makes the fun seem bigger. People wore Dr. Who T-shirts, D20’s as necklaces and thick non-ironic non-hippster glasses. The type of crowd that you could go up to a random person and say “He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!” and they would not only laugh they would understand what you meant.
Frank Sentra was the epitome of cool in my grandparent’s times. It was the Beatle’s for my folks generation. For me who graduated college in 1993 it was supposed to Kurt Cobain. But the truth is Nirvana never really spoke to me. But here is a group that sings about the things important to me. They who catches the nerd life style in rhyme. Things like falling in love around a D&D table. A Wonder Woman movie. playing table top games, cloudy days in Portland and the Mars Rover. One of the coolest things about Double Clicks is that almost all there music is extremely easy to sing along with. So when I am singing along with the CD in my car I feel like a third member of the band.
They have had several tours recently across the country so they are no longer just a Pacific North West phenomena. You can get their albums on line and if you have Spotify you can listen to both Dimetrodon and Lasers and Feelings full labums. A lot of their stuff is available on Youtube.
So why are they still obscure? Well the pitiful truth is that unless you are Weird Al Yankovic and you deal in geek music you probably are going to be somewhat obscure, but just like there is a cool indy music scene there is a cool geek music scene. So check them out before they become mega-stars.