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Wake Up to Music!

by The Click Beetles

Midwestern Power Pop
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Shut the TV Down
3:39 $0.99
2. Tell Me How You Feel
3:03 $0.99
3. All Day Sucker
4:54 $0.99
4. Bubblegum
3:33 $0.99
5. Cynical Girl
2:42 $0.99
6. Try Girl
2:39 $0.99
7. I Never Said Goodbye
3:20 $0.99
8. Do You Want to Know a Secret
2:24 $0.99
9. Ever Since the World Began
2:54 $0.99
10. Glad
3:12 $0.99
11. The Changes
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Album Notes
Dan Pavelich is one guy who never sits still. Aside from making some of the greatest pop rock music ever transmitted to tape, he also pens the cute and charming “Just Say Uncle” comic strip. Needless to say, anything bearing Dan’s name always spells quality, and his latest record, Wake Up To Music! (Vandalay Music) meets and exceeds all expectations. The Click Beetles are actually a solo project, save for assorted handclaps from Dan’s wife Ellen and daughter Mari.

A common thread runs through the tracks on Wake Up To Music!, meaning they’re energetic, hooky, and get right to the point. No pussyfooting around here, as the Click Beetles keep the songs fit, firm, and easy to remember. The instrumentation ripples and rolls with excitement, and the vocals are pure and lucid.

Manned by springy sensations that demand immediate attention and action, “Tell Me How You Feel,” “Glad,” and “Shut The TV Down” carry traces of new wave residue a la the Cars , “Try Girl” is sweetened with a hearty helping of breathy harmonies and ringing chords, and the big and brassy “I Never Said Goodbye” shakes, shuffles, and swings to a dancing display of soul-soaked pop grooves.

A sinister undercurrent grips “Ever Since The World Began,” with its doomed relationship references and thick and heavy shredding, “Bubblegum” is as catchy and juicy as the title implies, and the brooding drone of “All Day Sucker” inches its way into a swell of spacy sonics sandwiched somewhere between shoegazing blues and psychedelic rock. The Beatles are covered in tip-top shape on “Do You Want To Know A Secret,” and a solid treatment of Marshall Crenshaw’s “Cynical Girl” is included on the disc as well.

Pairing power with melody, Wake Up To Music! is as contagious as the measles. I received a copy of the album just a few hours ago, and I’ve listened to it four times already. Along with the aforementioned Cars influence, the sound of the Spongetones, Shoes, and the Smithereens are further noted. But Dan has his own special style, involving excellent songwriting, arranging, and communication skills that accent originality. The Click Beetles are a worthy venture, and I’m sure I’m not the only person eager to sample more wares.

By Beverly Paterson

The Click Beetles are a wonderful US power pop band from Kenosha, Wi. This brand new 11-song CD delivers the goods in full, with all killer and no filler power pop nuggets. The sound is a mix of bands like SHOES, THE SPONGETONES, MARSHALL CRENSHAW, and of course..THE BEATLES!!! Most of the songs are written by head honcho DAN PAVELICH (also visionary of the VANDALAY records label) He also collaborates in song writing with LISA MYCHOLS on the track "I Never Said Goodbye" The results are stellar. Equally great power pop tracks include the opener "Shut The TV Down", "Tell Me How You Feel", "All Day Sucker" and tremendous covers of Marshall Crenshaw's "Cynical Girl" and the Fab Four's "Do You Want To Know A Secret." All in all, the cd gets a power pop A+ for clear musical vision and perfect musical focus. "Wake Up To Music!" is the perfect soundtrack for the summer of 2014.

Jeremy Morris/Jam Recordings

Here at Kool Kovers, we love to promote new music by independent artists. So today, we want to hip you to the new album by friend o' the blog, Dan Pavelich and his band, The Click Beetles! "Wake Up To Music!" is a fun ride stuffed with catchy songs that are a great way to start your day. As a bonus, there's even 2 cover songs on the album; a new take on The Beatles' "Do You Want To Know a Secret" and a fine rendition of Marshall Crenshaw's "Cynical Girl"! This is some very tasty Midwestern Power Pop, folks.

Bill Sammon/koolkovers.blogspot.com

The multi-talented Dan Pavelich is both a cartoonist and a musician. His first solo LP on Vandalay Music implies that this is another Fab Faux styled album, but no — it only has one Beatles tribute song. A labor of love for the past few years, it bares the stylistic fingerprints of Dan’s mentors: Jamie Hoover (The Spongetones) and Jeff Murphy (The Shoes).
“Shut The TV Down” is a great mantra for the couch potato in your life, and the rock energy on “Tell Me How You Feel” flows really well, both have an ’80s new wave-ish sound. The jangle melodies are turned up a notch for “Bubblegum,” and my favorite tune is the sweet “Try Girl,” with its hand claps and minor chords. Dan gets a bit darker on “Ever Since The World Began” and the horn-fueled “I Never Said Goodbye” was co-penned by Lisa Mychols.  A pretty cool release sure to please power pop fans everywhere.

Aaron Kupferberg/Powerpopaholic.com

The cleverly-named Click Beetles emerge with a powerhouse debut that melodic pop and power pop fans will happily devour. Head Beetle Dan Pavelich, who also runs Vandalay Records and writes and draws the funny, online comic strip Just Say Uncle, is right on target with 9 originals (one co-written with the wonderful singer-songwriter Lisa Mychols) and two delectable covers, nicely done: Marshall Crenshaw’s classic “Cynical Girl” and the Beatles standard “Do You Want to Know a Secret.” “Try Girl” is a Merseybeat-styled medium-paced ballad that, if you close your eyes, could have been performed on the stage of the original Cavern in Liverpool. “I Never Said Goodbye,” the aforementioned co-write with Mychols, is a melodic stomper with an ultra-catchy chorus. “Glad” is a great pop song that would be comfortable nestled in the Shoes catalog. All of these tunes, plus the glorious “Bubblegum” and the short-but-sweet closer “The Changes,” are now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. Dig these wonderful sounds!

Alan Haber/Pure Pop Radio

A couple of interesting classic-style pop records are also making the rounds. The Click Beetles’ Wake Up To Music! positions itself comfortably in the subgenre with a large dose of originals written by one-man-band-member Dan Pavelich, a co-write with Lisa Mychols on “I Never Said Goodbye”, and two choice covers: Marshall Crenshaw’s “Cynical Girl” and The Beatles’ “Do You Want To Know A Secret."
DW Dunphy/Popdose.com
The Click Beetles might sound like the name of a Beatles tribute band, but it’s actually a pseudonym for musician/journalist Dan Pavelich. Numerous power pop fans will be familiar with his band The Bradburys, as well as the holiday compilations he puts out on his Vandalay Records label to help charities. Longtime power pop fans may even remember him as a member of The Steppingstones. Wake Up To Music! is the result of a few years of recording solo material in Pavelich’s home studio, with only his wife and daughter helping out.

There’s one Beatles cover within the 11 tracks on this effort, but Pavelich reinterprets “Do You Want To Know A Secret?” as though it had been recorded by one of The Fab Four’s British Invasion contemporaries. He also taps into that era for the appealing “Try Girl.” He offers a solid cover of Marshall Crenshaw’s “Cynical Girl,” and gives “I Never Said Goodbye,” co-written with pop singer-songwriter Lisa Mychols, the feel of a mid-1960s Motown single.

The catchy “Shut The TV Down” and “Tell Me How You Feel” are similar to Pavelich’s work with The Bradburys, and he borrows the line “Do you, don’t you want me to love you?” from “Helter Skelter” for “Glad,” a fun song that evokes The Cars with its peppy synthesizer arrangement. Wake Up To Music! gets even more adventurous with harder guitar and darker theme on “Ever Since The World Began,” and the rock biz satire “Bubblegum.”

Terry Flamm/Broken Hearted Toy Blog



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