As a musician, Nicky Click takes a bit of electro disco indulgence, mixed with a helping of off-the-wall Eurobeats and makes them punk; turning out a sound that has both a healthy dose of New Wave nostalgia, while remaining sincerely fresh. Her lyrics in songs like “Contact Comfort,” “At Least I Tried,” and “Two Femme Girls” explore the complications of love, gender-expression and sexuality while becoming fun hooks to dance to. On the performance angle, it as though someone combined cake and fireworks, leaving the audience to hang on and enjoy the ride. She is not a slick by-the-numbers-performer, her live performances are high-octane, but the seams show—because she wants them to show. She wants the raw energy to come through.
“I know I’m not for everyone, I don’t want to be… and that’s part of it too. They have to like me for me for what I’m putting out there. People have to appreciate it for the performance I’m giving. And if they don’t, they don’t. ”
But many people are really beginning to take notice and appreciate her work. She has opened for Lady Sovereign and has had favorable comparisons to Peaches, Gravy Train and Le Tigre. This past year, her delicious music video directed by Peter Pizzi for her track, “I’m on my Cell Phone” spent a lot of time on MTV’s Logo channel.
“That was kinda unreal… making that video was a lot of work but it was fun,” Nicky told us.
How does this artist give so much?
“Nicky Click is made up of several characters: Nikki Slikk, Petunia Pie, and the newest Miss Cactus Rose,” she tells me from her home in New Hampshire fresh off a tour in Germany. She tells me these different people help her put space between herself and herself as performer/musician/songwriter. Maybe having many different personas explains her wide range of inspiration and creative output. It is as though Nicky Click is able to summon different words inside her.
“Really, Petunia Pie is really the one who writes the songs… she the one doing the revealing,” She says. With two previous albums I’m on my Cell Phone and her first, You’re Already a Member! gaining respect and attention, Nicky Click continue her creative and artistic growth. Her third full length album, metaphorically of course, will be out in March 2011, venturing musically further as “Miss Cactus Rose” explores a more folksy sound and lyrically, she will be more revealing.
We asked her if she feared becoming more exposed as a person.
“I don’t give a fuck,” she said and laughs. “This is what I really want to do, to take in this direction. I really wanted to do this collaboration with Mr. Owl.”
Mr. Owl is what she calls Richard Gsottchneider, her father, co-producer and equally talented Folk/Roots singer and songwriter. He’s worked on her previous album as a co-songwriter and co-producer. The album metaphorically of course will be out on Crunks Not Dead/Foxy Records, the indie record labels she helps run, which is further evidence of Nicky Click’s ubiquitous talents.Go to NickyClick.com for more awesome pictures, music, videos and upcoming performances.