Our favorite Brits, brothers Adrian And Derek Smith, aka CLICK CLICK had finally delivered a new album in June. It was the first new studio album in 17 years, to be precise. "Those Nervous Surgeons was an attempt to come full circle” as Derek Smith expressed it, to connect with their retro roots of their earliest material. Fortunately the press honored this approach and the albums sound, resulting in a few more-than-usual well-written reviews, which we partially summed up here:
„We get some ambient, we get some EBM, we get some acoustic instruments – but everything has a purpose and a place. It has a musical depth that I really lack in a lot of albums these days. Wonderfully done.” (Release Magazine)
“This sonic blend of this level of ambition and its consistency in quality has not been done for a long time.” (Beat Magazine)
“Those Nervous Surgeons is highly addictive, because it bears so much quality that just wants to be discovered. The temptation is to constantly press the play button of this wonderful record – again, because the duo crafted this material to be most cohesive. Artistic ambition and catchiness do not exclude themselves here.” (www.unter-ton.de)
“Album of the week.” (www.plattentest.de)
“Yet again, the Smith brothers dole out a hearty serving of misanthropic, darkly themed electronics and we, the audience are left with a series of unpleasant revelations to mull over. They could not have been presented or phrased more eloquently.” Santa Sangre Magazine, USA
Like an electronic version of Joy Division, Click Click were at the forefront helping to popularize minimalist melancholy and depressive atmospheres in the 1980s. By the end of that decade, the English duo of brothers Derek and Adrian Smith had released three fantastic and groundbreaking albums and four singles, including EBM classics like “Sweet Stuff” and “I Rage I Melt”, which found a rabid cult audience in as well as beyond the electronic scene. (Even today, CD copies of their earlyalbums never trade for less than 60 Euros on eBay.)
In the summer of 2008, Click Click caused a sensation with the announcement that they would be making their back catalog available digitally and were returning to live performance. After a number of nearly sold-out club shows the following year, it was clear that the Click Click sound was as popular as ever and fans were eager for new material.
It took Click Click another year and a half to prepare their new EP “Skin and Bones”. But the wait has been more than worth it: now, fourteen years after the release of their last full-length album “Shadowblack”, Click Click present a new 7 track EP consisting of nearly all new material (only “Damage” has been previously released elsewhere, but is featured here in a completely new version). In contrast to the more experimental “Shadowblack” the new release includes genuine songs, all featuring Adrian Smith’s charismatic voice. An incredibly intense, dark, atmospheric release, enriched by Smith’s incomparably fragile yet aggressive vocals which were and are the thrilling trademark of Click Click. Eschewing hard, loud and overproduced for a simple, essential, urban intensity, this is electronic music for those who are willing and able to read between the lines.
The EP is to be released November 18.
The summer of 2008 brought the news that Click Click's back catalogue is finally available digitally as "Lung Function", a compilation of remastered singles. Now, fourteen years after the release of their last genuine CD album "Shadowblack“, UK legends Click Click, known for such 80s Wave and EBM classics like "Sweet Stuff“ and "I Rage I Melt“, returned to the studio and recorded a new EP. "Skin And Bones" maintain Click Click´s previous momentum and expand their sound with modern skills. Here is the full tracklisting: 1. Rats In My Bed / 2. Limb From Limb / 3. Damage / 4. Left For Dead / 5. From Your Mother To The Grave [Damage Remix] / 6. Weapon Of Choice [Left For Dead Remix] / 7. Psychoplasmix [Rats In My Bed Remix]
The EP is to be released November 18 and real soon now pre-listening samples will be provided. Pre-orders are already available in our shop.
Fourteen years after the release of their last genuine CD album "Shadowblack“, UK legends Click Click, known for such 80s Wave and EBM classics like "Sweet Stuff“ and "I Rage I Melt“, are back in the studio. A new, strictly limited EP entitled "Skin & Bones" is tentatively scheduled for release as compact disc this October.
Whether this release will feature six or seven tracks is still unclear, but at least four new songs "Damage", "Limb From Limb", "Rats In My Beds" and "Left For Dead" have already been completed. More news as we get it.
Until then, you can revisit all of Click Click’s classic hits on the Best Of compilation "Lung Function“, released digitally by Dependent in 2008.