Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
The Clevers - On to the Mansion 
By Gary Schwind

All right, I have to admit, the first two times I listened to this 6-song EP, I wasn’t thrilled with it.  It’s not bad but it just didn’t reach out and grab me.  It was when I listened to it with my headphones that I really began to see the charm of The Clevers, a Seattle-based trio.  

On to the Mansion opens with “Completely Insincere,” a rootsy, melodic song. I was immediately struck by how the vocals on this song are similar to Barenaked Ladies.  That’s not the only similarity though.  The tongue-in-cheek lyrics are also reminiscent of Barenaked Ladies.  I’ll give you an example.  “Is this a turn-off notice?  Well, you’re still turning me on.  Turns out you’re loud and obnoxious.  Turns out that’s what turns me on.”  It’s a, well, clever song.

“On to the Mansion” is a fun song that sounds like a more melodic version of Cake.  It should also be noted that Kevin Hyatt’s delivery is not nearly as dry as Joel McCrea’s.  It is especially the chorus that sounds like Cake, with a sort of call and response between Rick Herrin the bassist and Kevin Hyatt.  

On their website, The Clevers claim Tom Waits as an influence.  That influence can be seen pretty clearly on “The Night there was no Moon.”  It is a moody piano bar song.  On The Clevers’ website, the band is referred to as “far from shoegazers.”  This is probably where the band most earns that label.  That being said, they bring far too much energy to their songs to be considered shoegazers.  There are two really good rock songs on this EP, “Turning Time” and “Waiting Around.”  What’s funny is that “Turning Time” follows “The Night there was no Moon.”  It’s almost as if the band is saying, “Before you start calling us shoegazers, check this out.  We can rock too!”  “Waiting Around” features a more prominent bass line than any other song on the disc and tells a good story.  The story is people throughout the US chasing after their dreams.  Some will succeed, some will fail.  But the important thing is going after the dream, whatever it may be.  The Clevers also claim Bruce Springsteen as an influence on their music.  The best example of that is in “Waiting Around.”

If there is one down note on this EP, it is “Believe.”  It is a folky, bluesy number.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s not bad, just a bit drab.  It doesn’t quite measure up to the other songs.

What makes this a good album is that The Clevers do something a little different in each song.  They don’t give you the same song twice.  And as I said, it won me over.  If you want to make the world go away for 26 and a half minutes, grab your headphones and put this EP on.  You could do a lot worse.
 



CD Info 

The Clevers - On to the Mansion
Rating
 
Tracks:
1. Completely Insincere
2. On to The Mansion
3. The Night there was No Moon
4. Turning Time
5. Believe
6. Waiting Around
Listen to samples and Purchase this CD online


Want More ?

tell a friend about this article


What Do You Think?

Fanspeak removed due to spam and abuse

--

.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Foo Fighters Postpone Shows Due To Family Emergency- Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Reveals He Has Lyme Disease- Linkin Park Live Streaming Chester Bennington Tribute Concert- more

Day in Pop Justin Timberlake To Play Super Bowl LII Halftime Show- Pink Says Christina Aguilera Once 'Took A Swing' At Her- Ed Sheeran Says Substance Abuse Contributed To His Hiatus- more

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
The Screen DoorsuperLOUDA Journal of Musical ThingsLloyd Zeffler blogDemolish MagNightwatcher's House of RockCJ ChilversDeja VoodooThe 1st Fivethecopycat.bizHard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter


New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!
.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!

 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.