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: