Back in 2011, sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber formed a little musical duo that released a song a week for six weeks on YouTube. The songs were light, a little nerdy and a lot of fun.
Today, the sisters perform as The Doubleclicks and tour the country singing songs about Dungeons & Dragons, velociraptors, comic book characters, burritos and more. The two will stop for a show on Monday at Jammin Java.
Angela Webber said the sisters grew up playing music with each other, but the two didn’t start writing their own songs until they were out of college.
“I picked up a guitar because it seemed like an easy thing to do,” Webber said. “I had just gone through a breakup and had a lot of feelings. My sister plays the cello, which makes everything sound so sophisticated and awesome.”
While the two were writing songs about love and heartbreak, things such as World of Warcraft and Dungeons & Dragons kept popping up in their songs.
“So we ended up becoming a nerd band without ever really intending to be,” Webber said. “We found out that was a thing people were doing on purpose and there were bands like Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm that are nerd bands. When we started putting our songs on the Internet, we found this audience of people that really related to us talking about those things.”
The sisters grew up in a musical house, which isn’t a surprise considering the Webbers’ father is a professor of music. According to Angela, her mom and dad were on tour for the first six months of Aubrey’s life with an off-Broadway show.
“It’s just always been a huge thing,” Webber said. “Basically, since we were 3 years old, we’ve been picking up music and learning how to read music and being in choirs and doing stuff in school. It’s something I feel very fortunate to have learned at a young age.”
Music may have been a very important part of their lives, but nerd culture found its way into their hearts as well. Webber said one of her first memories was sitting on a couch watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” with her parents.
“Worf and Quark from ‘[Star Trek:] Deep Space Nine’ were characters I remembered before I had any idea what was [happening] on ‘Sesame Street,’” Webber said. “When I got to school, my nerdiest aspect was that I was super awkward and was very uncomfortable around people. “Eventually, when I got to high school, people whom I did improv with introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons. I was like ‘Whoa! This is the greatest! We’re such huge nerds but it doesn’t matter because we’re doing it together! Awesome!’”
Recently The Doubleclicks started a Kickstarter drive to raise funds for their new album. The duo asked for $18,000 — and received that in four hours. All told, they brought in more than $80,000.
“We really didn’t want to do something until we had a project that we really needed money for and that we really felt comfortable asking people for money for,” Webber said. “We decided to do it because we realized last year we wanted to reprise our weekly music video project.”
The project spanned 14 weeks, with videos popping up on the Internet. Webber said it was a lot of hard work and the two didn’t really get much money out of it, but the fans really dug it. Because of that, and their ever-increasing online fan base, money poured in.
“It just kept going,” Webber said. “We ended up raising enough money so that now the two of us … can do The Doubleclicks full time. We’re going to be working on Kickstarter-funded things for a year and a half, which is amazing.”
The Doubleclicks have a special place in their hearts for all the geeks and nerds out there who love their music and even those who have never heard of them. To the Webbers, nerds are what they are and that’s awesome.
“The thing that we love about nerds is that they’re not afraid to love what they love,” Webber said. “And that’s sort of the message I hope they get from [our music]. There’s nothing more exciting than when we play at a [convention] and there are little girls in the front row singing about velociraptors with us. It makes me so happy because that song is actually about body issues and believing in yourself.
“It’s a message I don’t think I got when I was a kid and I don’t know if they really get it, but I hope that they do.”