This last weekend I was able to take my wife and son to see the nerdtastic musical mega-duo, The Doubleclicks, who performed at my friendly neighborhood game store, The Crazy Squirrel. The Doubleclicks, Angela and Aubrey Webber, are sisters who use their amazing musical powers for good as they travel the country, performing wherever nerds will gather, bringing smiles, granting wishes and handing out free burritos. I made those last two things up.
They write songs that are all at once snarky, geeky and sweet. I lifted that right out of their press bio, because it’s a perfect description. It’s like that crazy sweet/salty thing. You get really catchy melodies from two very talented musicians, along with lyrics that are so clever and have so much geek-cred, you’ll wish you had written them. My wife said she thought they were classically trained musicians, not only because of the quality of their performance, but also because they were able to mix a portable PA well enough to make a boxy room surrounded by glass actually sound great. She also mentioned something about their overtones being special because they’re sisters. I have no idea what that means. She went to a music conservatory in Seattle, so I always defer to her expertise. I have no musical talents, but I do know who lives in the Bottle City of Kandor.
I think the highlight of the concert was at the start of the song, “The Worst Superpower Ever,” when my ten-year-old son looked up at me with this look of pure joy and surprise. I don’t think it ever occurred to him that anyone other than the two of us ever had those kinds of conversations. I also decided that “The Nerdy Birthday Song” will be the only song that I will allow to be sung on my birthday from this time forward. The Doubleclicks have songs about dinosaurs, Dungeons and Dragons, super-heroes, and dogs. They were sensitive to the fact that it was a family audience, and modified their songs to suit sensitive ears. I bought two of their CDs and the language wasn’t that rough originally, but as a parent, I really appreciated their efforts.
My son and I had spent a week or so before the concert watching some of their videos, and we were very excited about getting to see them, but I would never have known to do so if the folks at the Crazy Squirrel hadn’t convinced them to come play in Fresno. They appeared on the Lords of Vegas episode of Tabletop, but unfortunately, I didn’t take the time to learn more about them afterwards. This is just another example of how a good game store can be more than just a place to buy and play games. In this case, it gave us an opportunity to come together with friends and listen to some really great music.
If you would like to learn more about the Doubleclicks and their music, visit their website www.thedoubleclicks.com.