The makings of South Florida swing group Ever So Klever started brewing last summer. Naming themselves after a racehorse that never won a race, this unique swing band thought that it was time for Ever So Klever to finally take first in the musical arena. In the same way that people during the era of The Great Depression used swing music to dance their troubles away, Ever So Klever hope to provide an outlet for joy and expression in today’s tough economic times.
Heavily influenced by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, their sound is referred to as “power swing” by some, comprising a unique fusion. Combining progressive rock and Brian Setzer inspired guitar riffs, Latin rhythms, and powerful female vocals, the group stands apart from what’s already out on the scene. The band is made up of experienced and passionate musicians: Michelle Leigh (lead singer, rhythm guitar), Rich Plaza (lead guitar, backup vocals), Joel Enriquez (drums), Aimiel Rivas (Bass) along with a rotating horn section (trumpet and saxophone).
Their album Bang Twang Boom is laced with hard beats layered with sexy verbiage in the likes of “Russian Mafia,” to more practical lyrics in a song called “Poverty”. “We want listeners to feel as though they are being taken to another place and a simpler time where they don’t have to worry about the problems in their daily life,” said Leigh.
A new album coming out next year and an expansion of the group’s stylistic repertoire lies ahead for these swing rockers. Their extensive tour schedule all over the south and Midwest provides many opportunities for curious newcomers and dedicated fans to get in on the fun.
Ever So Klever will perform at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 at Transit Lounge, 729 SW 1st Ave
Miami; 305-377-4628. Visit their website at www.eversoklever.com.