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Something Clever (e.p.)

by Five Times August

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1. First Time For Everything
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2. Save It For Later
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3. Better With You
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4. Most Uncommon Thing
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5. Luckiest of Suckers
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Album Notes
Featuring the song "Better With You" as heard on MTV's Laguna Beach!

"Something Clever" is the newest release by Five Times August. This short but sweet collection features five brand new songs written and performed by 21 year old Brad Skistimas of Dallas, Texas. This will be the fourth independent release by Skistimas under his band name Five Times August. A Mayer-esque voice mixed with the rhymes of Mraz and the deep side of Matthews, Skistimas features traits of today's top songwriter's forming a style that is very much his own.

Hailing from Dallas Texas, Skistimas is a self-taught guitarist since age 12. And started writing songs at 14. Originally furnished as a one-man-band, Five Times August began with an 18 year old high school graduate and an acoustic guitar. With a last name like "Skistimas," Brad chose to alias his music under a band name, and "Five Times August" was thought up from his birth date, August 5th.

For the last three years Skistimas has taken the term "independent musician" to it's highest degree. From writing, recording, and producing his music, he also designed and manages the Five Times August website (www.fivetimesaugust.com). With that in mind, he also takes on booking almost all his own shows as well. Label-less and agent-less, Brad Skistimas may lack a team of corporate sponsors, but he's far from talent-less.

Though, contrary to his previous releases, Skistimas recruited some help for production on "Something Clever," using members from another local band called Redtag. Front man for Redtag, Chris Hawkes, produced and mixed with Skistimas, and also added other guitars, bass, and back up vocals to the new songs. Cason Clifton, drummer for Redtag, showed off his skills in three of the five songs as well.

With the ability to stand on his own in the independent music world, and a drive for success in the corporate ladder, once mixed with the mindless TV based "teen-idol for hire" crowd, it's safe to assume it's only a matter of time before radio waves and music channels breathe in something a little more clever.



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Better With Five Times August
You will completely melt to the sound of Brad Skistima’s voice. He sounds like a mixture of Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and Dave Matthews Band. He has such a smooth tone, with a bit of rasp, which makes for a beautiful love song voice. He has amazing versatility in his voice, which makes each song pure and unique from one another. I could not imagine anyone saying that they do not like the sound of his voice. I can tell he is exceptionally passionate with his music by the power and emotion he puts into each note. Playing guitar as well as Brad does, while singing so beautifully at the same time, takes an enormous amount of talent; He is equally talented in both departments.
Five Times August pulls every listener into his music with the honest, personal lyrics
The lyrics make sense, they are honest, true, and personal. Since he plays the acoustic guitar while singing, you pay attention to what he is saying. There is not a heavy drum beat in the background to distract from the acoustic masterpiece. He truly has you hanging by every word.
If the fans have anything to do with it, Brad Skistimas will continue to rise.

I only have one problem with this CD. It's only has five songs on it. I wish is had more so I can enjoy more of Brad's lyrics and great music. You won't regret buying the cd if you like what you hear. You'll only end up wishing for more.


This CD has some of the best songs that I've heard in awhile
The CD is very very good. It may only be five songs but it is better thean a lot of cd's that have like 15. Every song is good and every song means something. Awesome CD!

JD Dray

If you like DMB you will love these guys. The acoustic sound and the singing is like no other, it reminds me of Tim and Dave at Luther to some extent. A very good CD, I am glad I found them on this site. I am now a fan!!!


FTA is on the rise
I've been listening to Five Times August for a couple years now and this E.P. is such a huge step up. Ever since I have been listening to FTA, it had been nothing but great music and great lyrics, but on the Something Clever E.P., the sound is just awesome. Anyone who is skeptical about buying, dont be...It is an awesome CD.


Good CD, Talented Musician, expect great things from FTA!
I am no music critic but I do know what I like and FTA is great. The album is very heart felt and the guitar playing is outstanding, it is the type of album that makes you think about your first love and your first heartbreak. The FTA album reminds me alot of John Mayer's album, it is very mellow and very honest. I am definitely an FTA fan! I look forward to hearing more of Brad's work!


***** Excellent*****
“Does she even know what she wants?” he questions in the first line of “Any Time, Any Day,” the opening track, while he hypothesizes “All she needed, all she wanted is all right here” in the crowd-pleaser “6 Months.” The lines generally sum up the entire album’s theme, which runs rampant throughout the 41 minutes of playing time.
The only fault of the album is a lack of variation. Little to no percussion was used in the recording of the album, making it seem as though it is lacking something. However, don’t let that fool you because it is also an advantage. The album has strong riffs like in “The Greatest Falling Stars” that seem nearly impossible without the assistance of a rhythm section. But Skistimas pulls it off without a trace of irony, thus making him even more respectable. The raw sound of just two guitars and Skistimas’ beautiful crescendos perfectly compliment each other and make the music feel more personal to the listener.
The songs touch the soul, directly relating personal experiences to those of the artist. Five Times August leaves you feeling satisfied, not wanting any less nor craving more. Each song is perfectly placed for maximum rockability. No skipping of tracks required


Great talented artist, lyrics are sincere and clever
From the opening track to the end, FTA's first recording is an overwhelming success. Brad brilliantly writes his songs and you can't help but be reminded of the time you lost your first love. He says things in a way that you wish you had the wit to say first. I can't wait to hear from FTA's upcoming Hover album.


i absolutly love all the songs on here.
This is one of my favorite CD's out there.. It's beautiful and i just love listening to it.i just Love love loooooove it


Good Stuff
This was a really great cd. It is one of those cd's that you can listen to from start to finish. Sure it's only five songs, but all five are really good. It combines catchy, but meaningful lyrics, with good music, to make it a great cd.
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