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Clickers, 2002–2005

BY CAMILLE DODERO

Clickers, the Boston-based post-punk foursome, have decided to call it quits after a sudden, fatal attack of "creative differences." The band were two and a half years old. They’ll attend their own funeral by playing a farewell gig this Monday.

Known for their purgative shout-alongs, atonal vocal stylings, and frenetic live shows, the DIY-minded quartet released a pair of EPs minimally titled ep001 and ep002, both of which progressed with roadtrip-like momentum, downshifting from the unrestrained pace of open-highway dashes to abrupt lane-change swerves to the stop-and-go lurch of rush-hour congestion. Clickers were indie-rock whiplash personified.

The band formed in November 2002, with guitarist/vocalist Mike Gintz, guitarist/vocalist Doug Harry, drummer/vocalist Matt Rogers, and bassist Ross Farley. They performed as Quail Cat, Design Your Own Dance Accident, and Dance Disaster Movement before settling on Clickers — not a remote-control reference but an allusion to Top Ten, the Alan Moore comic book in which "Clicker" is a pejorative name for a race of much-maligned musical robots.

All four collaborated in the songwriting process — which turns out to be the very reason they’re breaking up. "The band had gotten to the point where it was clear that we weren’t going to accomplish any more than we’ve already accomplished without working harder than we’d been working," Gintz explains over a veggie burger at Charlie’s Kitchen. But Rogers felt trapped behind the drum set and didn’t want additional commitment in that role. The remaining three members decided they couldn’t be Clickers without him, so they’re looking for a new drummer to start a new band from scratch. "It was clear that we’d break up eventually, so we better do it before we all start punching each other."

Clickers are survived by nearly 90 practice recordings, more than 20 completed songs, two EPs, and a soon-to-be released vinyl seven-inch on Honeypump Records backed with songs from long-time friends Night Rally.

Gintz isn’t too concerned over how the band will be remembered. "I would be happy for people just to remember us at all. If they remember us as being good, that’d be even better. Hopefully they won’t even have to remember us that hard because we’ll be back with a new band soon."

Clickers will play their last show this Monday, June 13, at Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, with Piles, Tristan Da Cunha, and Paper Thin Stages; call (617) 566-9014.


Issue Date: June 10 - 16, 2005
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