Artist Spotlight: Something Clever
Ever since I started writing music reviews, I have had the privilege of discovering some absolutely amazing talent and talking to such wonderful artists like Van Wild and Nick Caster. Something Clever is no different. I recently discovered this insanely talented group of 5 musicians at the First Annual Clever-CON hosted at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Their brand of kick-your-teeth-in hard rock/metal blew my mind.
Armed with their current lead singer, Adam Nelson, founding member and lead guitarist Kelly Flusk, rhythm guitarist Brett Baker, bassist and backing vocalist Colt Crevar, and last but not least Dylan Roles on drums, these guys are a powerhouse of musical talent. It’s hard to believe that in 2011, Something Clever started out as a cover band playing mostly 90’s music. As years passed and band members changed, so did the band’s musical focus. Something Clever wanted to make their own way in this circus we call music entertainment. The band’s first effort, Walk Away, was released in July of 2012. I was privileged enough, thanks to Kelly Flusk, to get my hands on some tracks from this release. It left something to be desired. Walking away from the original line up was definitely a step in the right direction. The band has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Their sound has improved, they take better command of the stage and the current line-up is the best yet. Something Clever blew me away with their white hot stage presence. I could not wait to download their EP, Season of Darkness! Something Clever has easily become my go to band when I’ve had a hard day at work. I just pop my ear buds in and let the world around me melt away.
Adam Nelson had a few things to say about the creative process behind this amazing EP, future plans and views on our local music scene.
Well the first EP the band did was pretty submissive and I wanted to pull them away from that. This EP was definitely going to have a triumphant/darkness sort of feeling to it this time. My rule of thumb for song writing is to write what you know or tell a story. I couldn’t think of too many personal experiences to write from, so I tried to tell a story of a village trying to get rid of a really old curse on their town. The theme isn’t really throughout, but I have to remain in that for the most part. As far as personal inspirations, it just depends really. Lots of different things. It usually starts with a single idea and working around it many times. I’ll listen to a lot of songs on a long drive, turn off the music and just try to form something.
I’ve been hearing lately how our local music scene is dying. Who’s fault is that? People aren’t going to shows because it can be boring. You have bands that do not put together their music well, tightly, and they don’t put together a stage performance. You have to entertain people. It’s not the audience’s fault. People are afraid of wasting money on something that’s not going to entertain them. Make our scene great!
Something Clever loves our local scene, and are always striving to make it better and better, as evidenced by the recent First Annual Clever-CON! This mixture of both music and Comic Con featured some of our best local bands. Graceful Regret, Osara, ADAGE and The Reason You Stayed put on the show of their lives that night. These guys are always writing new material. As of this moment, they are working on the highly anticipated second half of this double EP called Season of Light that is set to release later this year or early 2016.
I love Season of Darkness so much that it was hard to pick out a few favorites, so here it goes. Freaks Like You is one of my favorite tracks. It talks to me. I can identify with the message of that song. The song talks about not needing people in your life that are no good for you, people that bring unnecessary drama into your life. My favorite lyrics from the song are “Cut my losses and I’m better off, I’d say…I don’t need the company of two faced freaks like you!” Season of Darkness, the EPs title track, is another favorite. This is one song that is definitely in keeping with the dark theme. The aggressive guitar work from guitarist Brett Baker and Kelly Flusk is top notch. Adam Nelson‘s vocals are hot like butter, Colt Crevar thumps the bass like a boss and Dylan Roles is a bad ass on drums. Best Laid Plans is a great song to blast when you’ve had a bad day at work or school. You can rock out, let your hair down, and scream out my favorite lyrics, “It’s gonna take a lot more than you got to see it all derail. Watch your back while you plan your attack. I’d like to see you try!” The EP, Season of Darkness, is out-of-this-world insane! If you don’t have this downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or ReverbNation, you need to stop what you’re doing and download it right now. It’s seriously that good.
On a more personal note, one of the really cool things about this band is the love that they have for their fans. When I saw them at Clever-CON, not only did I see a great band and experience a great show but I observed how they interacted with their fans after putting on one high energy show. Most bands would retire to their vehicles or go back to their dressing rooms and not come out until everyone has left the building; not them. They hang out with you, talk to you, take pictures with you. When a band takes time to do all those things, it only serves to enhance your experience. I strongly urge you to go and experience Something Clever for yourselves. They will be playing at Denver Days in Denver, NC on October 1st. You can download Season of Darkness, the sickest most insane EP ever, on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and of course, on ReverbNation. Here’s a great video to wet your Something Clever appetite. Until next time, tune in, turn on, and rock out with Something Clever‘s Season of Darkness.