First of all, I'm Mike, and I played guitar and keyboards, sang and yelled, and did electronic programming for Clickers from when we started playing in November of 2002 until when we stopped playing in June of 2005. It felt a lot longer than that, in a good way. The reason behind releasing this whole pile of practice recordings and such is this: we broke up without ever releasing our last song, "Do Not Attempt to Swim Back to the Boat," and since I feel that it's our best song, I've been hoping to get it out somehow. So this is it. While I was at it, I decided to pack it into a zip file with a bunch of other stuff that people who liked our band might also enjoy. We wrote almost all of our songs by improvising together until we came up with good stuff, so we have a lot of practice recordings that never quite turned into songs. And we also have a few songs that were pretty much entirely composed, besides lyrics. So I figured this would be a good way to put together all of that stuff, in case anybody would like to hear it. Also, for free, which is important. Both to me and to you.
TECHNICAL INFO ABOUT THIS "COMPILATION":
It's arranged in as chronological an order as I could determine, from recording dates. The vast majority of the practice recordings were made with a Sony stereo condenser microphone (ECM-MS957) going into a Sony minidisc recorder. Recordings up until September 2003 were made at the Berklee practice facilities on Fordham Road in Allston, MA. Practice recordings after that were recorded in the basement of 81 Linden Street, in Allston, MA. Every track was recorded in one take, with plenty of mistakes, as I'm sure you'll hear, with the exception of "The Pincher," recorded at 81 Linden by Farhad Ebrahimi, and "Do Not Attempt to Swim Back to the Boat," recorded at the WERS studios by Allison Haar. These songs were supposed to be on compilations that never wound up existing, so they're in here instead.
So that's it, I suppose. If you got this far, thanks for reading, and thanks for listening to my old band. It was a very big part of my life, and while I'm sad it's gone, I can definitely look back on it and be really happy I was there. Thanks to all friends old and new, Ross, Doug, and Matt of course, and you!
-Mike Gintz, 11/7/06
Clickers (11/02/2002 - 06/13/2005) was Doug Harry, Mike Gintz, Ross Farley, and Matt Rogers.
Please feel free to distribute, burn, copy, etc this zip and these files however you see fit, but please give credit where credit is due! Thanks and best wishes.