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.
The band’s debut, The Robot EP, is the culmination of a few years of formulating themselves as a group, and honing their songwriting skills while at the same time trying to find their own identity.
“There are so many bands out there that sound alike, and we have shared the stage with many of them,” says guitarist Ryan Marsa. “We want to be part of a new movement for diversity in the New Jersey music scene, and hopefully we bring something new to the table.”
Adds bassist Bobby Certo, “I sometimes have a hard time explaining our sound when people ask me to describe it, which I think is a good thing.”
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.