Charlotte, N.C rockers Something Clever made a huge announcement earlier this year when they revealed that they would be a part of one of the biggest musical events in the Carolinas. Something Clever has been tapped to play the Thursday night campground pre-party at this year’s Carolina Rebellion. Last year the festival sold out quickly, attracting 80,000 people from all over the country for the festival’s rigorous weekend of rock. This year, the festival has expanded to a third day, which now makes for four days, including the campground party, of non-stop rock. Something Clever (SC) released their last album, Seasons of Darkness, last year and have recently revealed plans to release its follow up Seasons of Light later this year. Recently, SC vocalist Adam Nelson took some time out to talk about the latest Carolina Rebellion news, the new album, and what SC’s been up to lately.
You guys will be playing Carolina Rebellion pre-party this year, that has to be exciting! How did that come about?
AN: Very ecstatic to be playing this year! Definitely an honor. Our manager, Brandon Hinson, has been working tirelessly with us to make that happen. Took a lot of work and networking with the right groups. Extremely thankful for his dedication to what we’ve been building.
What do you hope to achieve by playing Rebellion this year?
AN: We hope to make a few new friends, a few new fans. Maybe make a networking contact or two. Would love to see some of our favorite bands side-stage, if we can manage it. Not exactly sure how I, or the others, would react to seeing A Day To Remember, Parkway Drive, or Bring Me The Horizon that close!
You’re working on a new album, Seasons of Light, a follow up to last year’s Seasons of Darkness. When can we expect that?
AN: We’d like to see our release drop near the end of this summer, if at all possible. We want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect before it goes out though, so however long it takes to get there.
What has been the biggest difference in working on Light vs Darkness?
AN: I feel like we’ve gone through a lot of changes since Season of Darkness. Finalized our lineup, went through location changes, gained a lot of new influences. It’s odd, because the band as a whole went through a lot of difficulties while Season of Darkness was being made, and a lot of those difficulties have subsided as we head into the studio to record Season of Light…..Really felt like a self-fulfilling prophecy, and our lives eerily reflected each of the album titles.
What can fans expect from the new album?
AN: In the beginning, I personally felt that the Season of Darkness EP would have our heavier tracks, while Seasons of Light would have our more mainstream material. Turns out that a lot of the material going into the new album is so varied. We’ve got hard rock, hardcore, mainstream metal, some have a southern feel. It’s got our heaviest work, and some I feel might be our lightest. It’s quite polarizing, but it has something for everyone. So, I feel like everyone that hears it at least once will absolutely have a favorite track.
How does this represent who Something Clever is now?
AN: We do feel that we’ve evolved a bit. The writing is more unique, the timing is tighter. We’re stretching our influences to see just what we can get away with in the studio, and then how we can recreate that live. It’s helping us to raise the bar even further so that we can show everyone that Charlotte has a wonderful and thriving music scene emanating from it.
What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in music business over the last few years?
AN: Always keep track of where your money goes. Get everything in writing. If you’re signing a contract you need an entertainment lawyer before you sign. Always learn the venue sound person’s name (and be civil to every other venue worker), you get further with respect and humility than with ego and talent. Laugh off the things that would normally make you angry. Be open to criticism, plans never go accordingly so just roll with it, and don’t lost sight of the fun you have while writing and playing.
You and guitarist Kelly Flusk have posted some acoustic covers of popular songs over the last few months, what’s up with the acoustic adventure? Was this an experiment or something we can expect from SC’s music in the future?
AN: Ha! Really it was just a little side venture for us to make a little extra money to fund things for the band. So, if anybody needs an acoustic act for hire, reach out to us!
What is it that you hope to accomplish with your music? Are you guys a band with a “plan,” or “message?” If so, what it is?
AN: If I had to pick a recurring theme, it would have to be sending a message to those having a difficult day, month, life…..that it can and does get better, and we’re glad they’re still here, and to keep fighting.
What’s in the future for SC?
AN: Got a lot planned, that’s for sure. We’re planning a regional tour encompassing several different cities in North Carolina, so stay tuned for more details on that. A few surprises while recording the album. Also, planning on bringing back “CleverCON” this year, and making it bigger and better. Other than that, just stay tuned at SomethingCleverBand.com and our social media pages to see what we’re up to next!
Must hear tracks: “Freaks Like You,” “The Lie.” and “Echoes”