I often think about how I come across the people I meet through PensEyeView.com. I have even attempted on numerous occasions to draw a tree from Person A, to B, to Z… to ZZZ and over again to find out how I met them in first place. However, no matter how I met them, the thing that I like to think about even more is how I have been able to stay in contact with hundreds of people over three short years. Take the band A Clever Con - four friends from Jersey (not like the MTV show!) Mike (vocals/guitar), Ryan (guitar/vocals), Bobby (bass) and TJ aka Smash (drums) whose lime green ties and dark shirts have made them a walking symbol of a band set out to do something totally different with their music. Whereas most times a band is brought to me by an agent, manager, PR team or just a CD in the mail, I met Ryan and A Clever Con through really, all of the above.
Ryan worked for a large management company that would often send me artists to cover. Through several emails Ryan and I clicked, not only Jewish humor and but on our musical tastes as well. Ryan also mentioned that he was a musician and when he told me he was leaving the company to pursue his career even more, we agreed to keep in touch since I was eager to hear how his career would develop. Fortunately, Ryan did just that, sending me A Clever Con’s latest work “The Robot EP” and needless to say I was impressed. Not just me but it easily passed the smell test with the rest of my PensEyeView squad, which at times can be rather difficult.
The best part about “The Robot EP” is that it is unlike anything else on the radio – the first step in the right direction. Furthermore, “The Robot EP” kicks around so many different styles and techniques you really get a clear sense of how far these four friends have come since the first day the got they got together. Of this album, Ryan says, “We’re really proud of what we accomplished on “The Robot EP”. We really cover a lot of ground with the CD show that we can do anything. I really think the CD has some epic moments.” He goes on to add rather tongue and cheek, “I find myself pulling a Kanye West- chillin’ at home listening to my music in awe of how awesome it is. Wait, was that redundant?” Only one brief shot of humor from these guys from their PensEyeView.com feature. If this EP is the first sample of what A Clever Con has to offer than I think we’ll be seeing a lot more lime green ties floating around bars and clubs across the country.