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The Doubleclicks' New Album: Love Problems
The Doubleclicks' New Album: Love Problems
An album about finding strength, speaking out, and love—as well as space, physics, math, and cello.
An album about finding strength, speaking out, and love—as well as space, physics, math, and cello. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
Hello there, we're the Doubleclicks. We are two sisters who make music on the Internet. We like dinosaurs, cats and self-esteem. One YouTube commenter said it best when she called us "weird, charming, and heart-warming in a bizarre and yet adorable way." We tour all year, play at lots of conventions, host monthly online shows, release videos on YouTube through our Patreon campaign, and write songs. Many many songs. (Stream our last album for free!)
We've been on NPR, played a game on TableTop, had two of our albums chart on Billboard, and toured the US, Canada, and Australia! But don't take our word for it...
“It’s no secret, we love The Doubleclicks” – i09
“Our favorite nerdrocking cello heroes” – BoingBoing
“Everyone with a heart should find something to love in the Doubleclicks” – Portland Mercury
Our music is influenced by the lyric-focused punk-infused music of They Might Be Giants, the honest rawness of the Dresden Dolls, and the DIY aesthetic of Kimya Dawson, with a dash of nerdy thrown in. Our goal is to represent a positive, empowering and feminist voice inside nerd and online communities... through song!
Nice to meet you! We are asking for your help to make a new album.
UPDATE: Our project has reached its initial goal, so now we are making bigger plans!
"Love Problems" is the 5th Doubleclicks album, and the most personal. The stories on this album come from a lot of places. From science news, from our tour last summer and our trips to many planetariums, from finally going back to therapy, from late nights with comedians, from high school mistakes, from the women who accidentally gave out my e-mail to her son's boy scout troop, and of course, ripped from today's headlines. The songs tell the story of trying to be strong when you don't feel strong, and finding an identity in your gender. The songs exist to make us, and you, feel better, and to help us all find the energy to make a difference.
Tracks will include:
- Lord Of The Rings — "There are songs I'll never listen to again, but you can't take all the things that make me the way I've always been."
- Sensitive Badass — "You have the strength and though all of the scars may last, you can be sensitive and still a badass."
- Women Know Math — "I am a woman, and I'm doing it right...no matter what I do."
- Big Bang — "We've grown apart, but babe, since the Big Bang, so has everything."
- Extra Gin — "I like comics and spaceships and cats, and I'm barely holding the panic in."
- (and at least six more)
The album will be produced by the Doubleclicks (like our last album, President Snakes), but we are scaling up by bringing in a few guests to help us with musical ideas and performance!
$38,000: Pixel Art Video: UNLOCKED!
At $38,000, we're able to add an amazing animated video by James Brooks to this Kickstarter project! The song "Big Bang" is a song about a couple "growing apart," just like the universe started growing apart after the Big Bang. The video will be about a relationship on a SPACESHIP! The concept is amazing, and the final version will look like this:
$44,000 — Live Drums: UNLOCKED!
We'll add live drums! We have just received a final quote from an amazing drummer down in LA who has a rad style and his own studio, and is willing to add an wonderful, organic rhythm section to this album. I hope we can do it, because it will add some extremely great depth to these songs. More information in this update.
$47,000 — You Should Write A Song About That!
We have been developing a project called "You Should Write A Song About That," in which a smart and entertaining person tells us about something that we should write a song about, and then we write a song about it! At this level, we will dedicate time to making 5 "episodes" of this show - including recorded interviews & songs released on the project's podcast feed. Guests will include authors, game developers, and science buffs. We use this project to write about important things which we need an outside perspective to help us express! More information coming in an update, of course!
1,300 backers — New Sticker for all Sticker Backers!
If we get 1,300 or more folks backing this project, even at $1 each, we will be able to add a 6th sticker to the currently 5-sticker pack! The design will be of a dinosaur! You can stick Doubleclicks stuff EVERYWHERE!
2,000 backers — President Snakes Video Musical
We want SO MANY BACKERS, friends. And if we get 2,000 backers, we will produce the PRESIDENT SNAKES MUSICAL. President Snakes is a character we invented—5 snakes in a pantsuit, pretending to be a person, running for President. She and her campaign team—optimistic campaign manager Danny and skeptical media guru Chanda—face many obstacles, but they always believe, and they always persevere.
We have written a lot of this musical, both words and music, beyond the two songs that were on our last album. This musical will be 30 to 45 minutes in length. We'd love to finish it up and share it with you, and, if we hit this goal, we will do this by staging the musical in a relatively low-fi but very rad recorded "youtube-style" format. There will be actors, costumes, funny words, and great songs. We have a vision for this that is very adorable and exciting, and with your help, we can make it happen!
The Doubleclicks are a crowd-funded operation. With no external label, agent, or manager, we depend completely on our audience to help us make our art. The advantage of that - and this is huge - is that there is nothing between us. Our music goes straight from our hearts to your ears. We love it. It means so much to us to be able to make just the thing we want and just the thing you want, too.
We need your help to pay our collaborators and our studio rent, to produce CDs, shirts, merchandise, and promotional items for the album, to get the necessary software, instruments, and plug-ins, to master and mix the music, to submit the music to iTunes and other music stores, and to generally "create something from nothing."
We thank you for supporting art and artists, and for making the world more beautiful!
Thanks to input from some wonderful supporters and the collaboration of wonderful artists, this project has some wonderful rewards, including our first ENAMEL PINS, STICKER SETS, and some wonderful limited-edition CROSS STITCH ART.
Digital downloads of the album will delivered to Kickstarter backers a day or more before the rest of the world gets it. Most likely, the album will reach you via a download code to the website Bandcamp, where you can download the album in mp3, FLAC, wav, or a number of other nerdy formats. Physical CDs will come in eco-friendly packaging.
We are very excited to be printing our first enamel pins! They will make an excellent addition to any cool nerd's lapel, jacket, bag, lanyard, or vest.
At any level where you get one enamel pin, you will be able to CHOOSE (in the survey after the Kickstarter) whether you want a "Sensitive Badass" pin or a "Women Know Math" pin. Some levels include both enamel pins.
"Women Know Math" pins are designed by Marlowe Dobbe and measure 1.5" wide. "Sensitive Badass" pins are designed by Meghan Murphy (@kawaiinot) and will be approximately 1.5" tall—measurement not final.
The 5-piece Doubleclicks sticker set will include die-cut vinyl stickers suitable for affixing to your laptop, trapper keeper, or car bumper. Stickers will be on average 3" square. The stickers will include the following designs: Cats, Dimetrodon, Tiny Paper Elephant, "Sensitive Badass," and The Doubleclicks.
We will be commissioning a new, "Love Problems"-specific shirt and tote design from the incredible Hannah King.
The design & colors will be completed before the Kickstarter is over, so you can see it and decide if it's for you! Here's a preview:
Shirts and totes will be hand-screen-printed here in Portland, Oregon. Shirts will be soft and comfortable, will be available in sizes Ladies Small-2XL (size chart) and Unisex Small-4XL (size chart). Don't like shirts? You can get the same design on a jumbo, sturdy eco-conscious tote bag!
Doubleclicks USB drives contain our up-until-now entire discography in both wav and mp3 form, as well as videos, live tracks, and a digital copy of our coloring book. The drive can also be emptied off and used as just a regular ol' 4 GB jump drive, which is pretty neat, too.
CROSS STITCH ART:
Women Know Math artist Alyshondra Stay Meacham is creating a limited run of 10 Doubleclicks-inspired cross stitch pieces. If you back at this level, you can choose from the following four lyrics: "I love you like a burrito," "You're not a quitter," "Sensitive Badass," and "Rawr, Velociraptor."
Each piece of art will be hand-stitched, will measure 5"x7," and will be framed.
The Doubleclicks will record a small batch of custom ringtone songs for backers at this level! You will be given a survey which asks you to pick what you want the ringtone for (the phone is ringing / it's time to wake up / my food timer went off / I need motivation ) and what your name is, and we will record custom lyrics for you over our 20-second exclusive-to-this-project ringtone track! Will the ringtone track have cat keyboard? OF COURSE IT WILL!
The Cat Cube!
All-star Doubleclicks fan and crafter extraordinaire Lauren, aka @flailsquared, has designed an exclusive Doubleclicks-themed Cat Cube! What is a Cat Cube, you ask? It's this!
The Doubleclicks cat cube has a special "Love You Like A Burrito"-themed design! The cube measures 17" on all sides and is made from Blizzard fleece and 1" hypoallergenic, pet rated HD36-R foam. It's a perfect love-filled room for your cat or other animal.
The Very Special Box:
This is a new reward and we are VERY excited about it. We are going to fill a cardboard box with some special gifts just for you, based on the things we like to do.
- Angela likes painting (and she's not terrible.) She'll paint you a simple, colorful, beautiful cartoony, unique acrylic painting on a small square canvas. If you have a specific thing you want a picture of, get in touch on Twitter or in a Kickstarter message and she'll tell you whether she can make that happen.
- Aubrey loves stickers. She's in a sticker club. She will write you an inspirational note and cover it with stickers.
- We have a lot of dinosaurs, and they need homes. We will give you one of our dinosaur figures, and also give it a name and a personality so you know how to take care of it.
- Because you care, we will send you a postcard from the studio telling you how the day is going, good or bad.
- Plus, you'll be thanked in the album's liner notes for being such a big supporter!
We anticipate a couple of questions about this project.
1. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? We know we have lots of wonderful family and children supporters, and the themes on this album, though universal, aren't as kid-accessible as dinosaurs and meow sounds. Please know that we love you and we will continue making more kid-friendly music - this project is just the one that came first. The album MAY have a couple swear words on it (it will definitely have the word 'badass').
2. WHEN DID YOU GET POLITICAL? STICK TO THE MUSIC, GIRLS! (Yes, people say this to us). We were never "not political," you were just better at selective listening. Please continue selectively listening and give us your money, or go away. We are not going to stop talking about our feelings and what we think is right. That's the whole darn point. And—by the way—silence is political, too. Silence is a statement of approval of establishment behavior. No, thank you.
3. HOW ARE YOU DOING? Thank you for asking. We're doing ok. It can feel pretty hopeless right now, but we are not going to stop making art. I (Angela) actually wrote a little essay about "making art when things seem hopeless," and that made me feel a little bit better.
We have some people to thank for this project already: Thank you to our Patreon supporters, who have sponsored our music videos and our shows as we have been writing the songs for this album over the last two years! Thank you to the 50 artists who illustrated our "Women Know Math" video! Thank you to our friends Max Temkin, Christopher Badell, and Mike Selinker who gave us valuable feedback on this project, and Elisabeth Allie and Melissa Harris who helped us spread the word. Thank you to Eli McDonald for creating our header artwork, and Jessie Kirk for taking the header photo. Thank you to our families for their support as we stress out about this, to Rich Malena, Justin Turner, Susan Webber, Stephen Webber, and all of you.
Risks and challenges
This is our third Kickstarter project! We learn a lot each time, of course, but we have delivered our last two albums on time with no problems!
The big differences this time are: more collaborators, and more time. We will be working with a few more folks than usual to make the album full and beautiful, but we have also carefully scheduled our time to make sure that we can allow for lots of humanness (error) in that process.
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