Robin Shoots The Cliks (with Surprise Guest Cyndi Lauper!)

This Monday band-mates Lucas Silveira (vocalist/guitarist), Jen Benton (bass), and Morgan Doctor (drums) of  The Cliks crammed into the humid basement of Mercury Lounge in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for interviews and our fun photo shoot!

They talked about touring, the buzz around their next album Dirty King (scheduled for a June 23 release) and their homeland of Canada (of which they are very proud, although they prefer Obama to the Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper). Initially an all-“female” band, Lucas has since transitioned from female to male and the all-queer group is regarded for its disregard of traditional gender roles and for bringing trans people into mainstream media.

I’d photographed Lucas once before with Cyndi Lauper before last year’s True Colors Tour, so you can imagine my surprise when Cyndi showed up to the show and even got on stage to sing. Lucas told us how inspired he was by Cyndi and it appears the two have become really good friends.  Lucas had plenty of True Colors stories — from dance parties on the Tegan & Sara bus to making out with Margaret Cho. Carlytron pointed out that’s probably pretty typical for being on tour with Margaret Cho.

Here are some images from the shoot and the live show.

The Cliks

The Cliks

Lucas told me that way too often photos of them smiling are featured.

Lucas thinks their smiling photos are featured way too often.

I told him I would only use the serious rock band ones.

So I told him I would only use the serious rock band ones.

Lucas of The Cliks.

Lucas of The Cliks.

Jen of The Cliks

Jen of The Cliks

Morgan of The Cliks

Morgan of The Cliks

Cyndi Lauper surprises Lucas

Cyndi Lauper surprises Lucas

Cyndi Lauper singing with The Cliks

Cyndi Lauper singing with The Cliks

Jen rocking out next to Cyndi

Jen rocking out next to Cyndi

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Lucas saying goodnight to the crowd.

Lucas saying goodnight to the crowd.

Robin specializes in entertainment, lifestyle and portrait photography. She's also a Creative Producer, Director of Photography and co-owner of Scheme Machine Studios LLC, her production company based in Los Angeles. Robin loves shooting for TV and film and has worked with media companies like Legendary Pictures and Viacom. She shot and directed the Pride campaign for Google called #ThisIsFamily. Robin has had the pleasure of working on national campaigns for companies like Dove and Levis, and had the unique opportunity to shoot for non-profits and initiatives such as The Black List, Save the Children, Move to End Violence, Have a Hart Day, and The Clinton Global Initiative. She is most proud of the work she has done with organizations such as The Ad Council and RAINN working on national impact campaigns. Her celebrity roster includes Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The B-52s, Keri Hilson, JB Smoove, Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho, The B-52’s, Andreja Pejic, and many more. She was there for Autostraddle’s birth and proudly served as A-Camp co-director for many years.

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15 Comments

  1. I actually feel inspired to listen to their music now. Hot amazing photos per ushe!

    Also I’d like to maybe go on tour with Margaret Cho, that sounds like fun!

  2. these are great shots, robin! i especially love ‘Jen rocking out next to Cyndi’. love! so jealous.

    how was the show?

    • Its funny, I never really listened to them, but the show was really solid and high energy. Lucas has a really amazing voice.

  3. I love the close-up black and white. Beautiful. They hooked me with Snakehouse, even though it’s a little edgier than most of what I listen to. I listened to it all last summer – great music for driving around the city with the windows open.

  4. These are amazing shots. I love the tone of the photos and the captured emotion.. especially the one of Jen rocking with Cyndi

  5. Sweet. Yet another one degree of separation for us. I feel like I need to go to NY soon for reals and officially meet you all. 🙂

    I took some pics of the band at the Chicago show last week, but your photos are AMAZING. Really nice. And how beautiful is Jen?? Everyone always puts the lead singer front and center when the band is photographed … I like that you mix it up a little. Nice work. 🙂

    And congrats to all the people at the NY show who got to see Cyndi sing with The Cliks. I saw them perform together at True Colors and it was seriously awesome. I can’t wait for the Dirty King album to drop in June.

  6. Love the Cliks – Love Cyndi – love the pictures!

    Great Post – can’t WAIT for the new album!

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  8. That is interesting: Om said Om listened to it all last summer great music for driving around the city with the windows open.

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