Sunday, December 2, 2007

On a lighter note...Check out The Cliks!


The Cliks are straight outta T-dot (a.k.a Toronto) and are totally killin' it! Okay, so I'm about 8 months too late to to provide an up-to-date album review here but that's Divinyl's thing anyway. Nevertheless, I'm still going to drop them a plug since I just can't get enough of this band right now.

Led by Lucas Silveira on vocals and guitar, Nina Martinez on guitar, and the rhythmic team of drummer, Morgan Doctor, and Jen Benton rockin' the bass, The Cliks released their sophomore album, Snakehouse, back in April. Not only does Silveira's songwriting shine with infectious pop sensibilities, his fierce contralto is a sweet combination of Bif Naked's roaring vocals and Monique Powell's sultry vibrato. The 10-track offering is characterized by bluesy melodies, grunge-esque chord progressions, and rock solid backbeats. Lyrically, each song wears Silveira's last break-up on its sleeve without all the whiny angst. From the bass-driven "Oh Yeah," to the acoustic ballad, "Nobody Else Will," The Cliks provide a satisfying smorgborg for your listening pleasure. They even do a killer electric cover of JT's "Cry Me a River," complete with Timberlake's signature falsetto in all the right places.

Oh yeah...and The Cliks have garnered further attention because of Silveira's transition as a male. Formerly known as Lilia, the press just can't get enough of Lucas' trans lifestyle and the band's queer roots. And with their androgynous rocker image comes all the comparisons to Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett which are both huge shoes to fill so I won't go there. What I will say is that these three ladies and a guy are all solid musicians who completely rock out! If you're down, check out their official site and MySpace to get a little taste...

Here's The Cliks LIVE on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson:




6 comments:

Divinyl said...

Not heard of these guys before, but will definitely check them out on MySpace...love being introduced to new stuff! And it would seem that your opinions are to be trusted :o) You heard of Jesca Hoop (or seen the blog I did about her a couple of days ago)? She's whats rocking my socks right right now. xx

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

Hey divinyl...Yeah, i'm definitely addicted to these guys right now so let me know what you think. As for Jesca Hoop, no I havent heard her yet so i'll have to give her a listen! It's definitely cool to be exposed to new music (as i can always depend on your savviness!)

Divinyl said...

I have had the briefest of listens to their MySpace page, and I like what I headr so far...the Joan Jett comparison you make is there for sure. I've kept the page open to come back and have a more thorough listen when I have a bit more time (still madly tidying currently...this here is just procrastination!). Always up for being introduced to stuff I haven't heard before...and interested in hearing of new LGBT artists too. Lucas undeniably still sounds female though...I wonder how he feels about that? Obviously ok enough with it to front a band! Lol.

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

That's cool that you checked them out! Well, the media is all about comparing them to Joan Jett (I can see) and even The Pretenders (which i don't see) but it's probably aesthetics as well...I think Lucas sound more like a Bif Naked and Monique Powell combo, but that's just me :P As for his voice...Yeah, he actually discussed in an interview about going "all the way" in regards to using testosterone but he just couldn't go through with it because of the effect it would have on his voice...And I agree, his voice is definitely key to the band's sound!

Zee DeVoSS said...

Woooh, I love this energy... and such an heartful voice!

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

zee devoss...

His voice is awesome, eh? I'm just lovin their album right now! I hope i get to seen them live at some point because I bet they'd put on a great show! Thanks for stopping by...

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