Since Something Clever originated in 2011 the lineup has changed and the band has shifted focus with a prevalent element of fist-clenching, 'go-for-it' active rock and metal throughout their originally penned songs. Each time they have had a line up change, they have thought of it as a moment of growth. The more the band grows, the more they learn. Currently they are armed with a lineup of Adam Nelson on vocals, lead guitarist and founding member Kelly Flusk, rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Brett Baker, bassist/backing vocalist Colt Crevar, and drummer Justin Tyme. They have honed a new edge to their music and are leaning into it.
Something Clever's unique sound is due to the fact that all of the members are inspired by all kinds of different artists and musicians. As a band they take a lot of influence from and sound similar to Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, and Killswitch Engage. When they get feedback about their music (anything from "We love the songs!" to "I'm still here because of your music") it helps keep them going.
The recurring theme of Something Clever's songs seems to be about overturning a seemingly bleak and hopeless outcome into something beautiful. They say that in their head they always see the classic image of an action movie scene where you’ll see the antagonist has our hero down or on the ropes near the very end of it all….and you see a surge of hope, inspiration, passion….. as they clench their fist, and completely destroy any shortcomings or expectations of surrender. The songs are about showing that it’s never hopeless, and that we’re all in this fight together.
Gaining the attention of several national acts in 2012 with their first EP release produced and engineered by Michael Pepe entitled 'Walk Away', Something Clever shared the stage with Adelita's Way, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Saving Abel, and Sum 41 and ended up #1 in all voting categories at the 2012 Ernie Ball and Rockstar Energy Drink Battle of the Bands for Simpsonville, SC. Something Clever was also commissioned to create music for Charlotte channel WSOC TV's high school football segment for television broadcast, running the last two football seasons straight. During production of their current projects, the band has managed to play with an addition of other contemporary metal/metalcore/hard rock acts such as Like Monroe, Scare Don't Fear, Eyes Set to Kill, I See Stars, Adelita's Way/Red Jumpsuit Apparatus for a second time, Dead Rabbitts, The Relapse Symphony, A Skylit Drive and others. The positive
attention of these shows has skyrocketed the band to the number 1 spot on Reverb Nation for metal acts from Charlotte.
Currently Something Clever is gearing up for a Winter/Spring packed full of shows throughout the region including headliners and national supports, once again for Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. In April they will begin recording their album debut, “Season of Light”, to be released in May at the start of the festival season before heading out on tour in June. “Season of Light” promises to deliver a growth within the band and a new found sound without straying too far from the very foundation that has brought them so much success. 2016 will be a catapult
year for one of the premier rock/metal acts in the southeast.