Standing out in a crowded music scene today is a daunting task, especially if you are a rock band from New Jersey, one that everyone has trouble describing. A Clever Con (ACC), though, is a group that is having fun making some interesting music and just hoping that everything will fall neatly into place.
Indeed, A Clever Con’s diverse taste in music and playing styles is also something that should and does separate them from the proverbial pack. They have incorporated elements of rock, reggae, metal, pop rock, progressive and punk into their sound, and they are a mix of four eclectic musicians with different backgrounds. They also made a conscious effort to be different—to experiment with their sound and push the limits of their own creativity.
ACC’s current lineup consists of Mike Dietz (Vocals/Guitar), Marsa (Guitar/Vocals), Certo (Bass) and TJ “Smash” Horner (Drums). The members have such a wide range of influences that contribute to the formula that makes up their sound— but perhaps the few that best represent that sound would be Incubus, RX Bandits, Dispatch, GlassJaw, State Radio, Tool, Less Than Jake, Blink 182 and Green Day.
Donned in their trademark black shirts and lime green ties, ACC performed at Warped in July 2009 and released 100 limited edition advances of The Robot EP. They have shared the stage with the likes of Badfish, Scotty Don’t, Mest, and Rookie of the Year; and ACC continues to write and record new material following the release of The Robot EP, hoping to hit the road in earnest soon to grow their fan base. Their live performance is incredibly energetic and fun, and they play music because they love to play music, something that shows more with each performance.
For more information, please visit aclevercon.com.