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Meet Aaron Ferranti

- Contact the writer: BY ALAN K. STOUT alankstout@comcast.net

Aaron Ferranti is the lead vocalist with Clever Clever, an original punk/hardcore band based out of Scranton. The group released a self-titled EP and a full-length CD, “Love.” He works for Scranton School District and is a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and the Art Institute of Philadelph­ia, where he studied industrial design technology. He has a daughter, Ella, 14. He lives in Scranton. Q: You’ve been with Clever Clever for three years. When did you realize that playing a heavier style of music was something you enjoyed? A: As a kid, at the video store, I went to rent a horror movie, and I saw this Iron Maiden video. I took it home and just totally fell in love with metal. In school, I met up with other people like that. Brian Craig and I formed a punk/ hardcore band in high school, in 1989 or 1990. Q:

You serve as the band’s principal songwriter. What inspires you to write? A: My inspiratio­n in my life is my daughter. That tops everything. That’s the love of my life. I write about my feelings and things that happen to me and life’s experience­s. I was never a big storytelle­r type of guy. I approach it where the band has a song, or a riff on the guitar, or I have one in my head, and then I kind of freestyle and get the words and find a hook, and I’ll start thinking about things and write out the lyrics. Q:

It sounds as if your lyrics are inspired by deep sentiments, and yet the music is hard and aggressive. Is that a challengin­g dynamic for you to combine? A: No. It’s actually fun. You get that part of you that wants to scream all the time, that you have to keep back in your normal daily life, and you can let that out. And that’s a good thing. You can let all of that anxiety out and all of that pent-up stuff. Q:

But let’s say you write a sentimenta­l song about your daughter. How does that translate into punk/hardcore? Do you just do it? A: Yeah. You just do it. It’s just there. It just happens. (Laughs.) Q:

What’s next for the band? A: We’re going into the studio in January to work on another EP. And we’re going to press it on 7-inch vinyl, so we’re going to have a record, which has kind of been a goal since I was kid — to have my voice on a vinyl record. It’s neat. Q:

What do enjoy doing in your free time? A: I like to go hiking. It’s beautiful in this area. Most people that live here don’t realize how beautiful it really is. And I blow glass as a hobby, which keeps me in touch with my art side. Q:

Do you have any other hobbies? Are you a collector? A: I have tons of designer vinyl toys. Q: Favorite music? A: My all-time favorite group is the Grateful Dead. And on the other spectrum, it’s got to be the Clash. I listen to everything. Maybe pop/country I’m not too into, but there is some of it that I do like. I love all types of music. Q:

All-time favorite TV show? A: “The Simpsons.” Q:

Do you remember your first car? A: It was a 1995 or ’96 silver Nissan Sentra. And I drove it from Scranton to California and back, and it already had over 100,000 miles on it. Standard shift. And when I came back, I still had (Laughs.)it for a couple of years. Q: Favorite thing A: I about enjoy NEPA?living here. I enjoy the seasons. You experience every one of them. And it’s my home. Born and raised here. Q: Biggest pet peeve? A: I’m pretty easygoing. I like to be positive. I like to put positivity out there. Positivity comes back to you. Q:

Favorite book or author? A: I love “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. In high school, when I had to read “The Hobbit,” it felt like a chore. Now, I just love it. But I’m more of a comic book guy now.my favoriteEr­ic Powell artist. is Anything probably top of thatit. he puts out, I’m on Q: Any A: A pets? beagle named Winston. Q: Is there anything about you that might surprise even your friends? A: I still skateboard. And I’ve been in 48 of the 50 states. All except Hawaii and Alaska. Q: Have you had a defining personal moment? A: I moved out of my parents’ house and kind of lived on my own since I was 18. So I felt like I was an adult since I was 18. But I moved home, back to my parents’, when I was about 26 for about a year. And it was kind of an eye-opener for me to do a little bit more with my life. I got motivated, got a job with the city and started a band. It kind of made my life a lot better. It changed me in a way where it made me realize I had to get something stable, instead of always travelling, because that’s what I did — I just traveled. Finally, I decided it was about time to lay some roots down and live here and make it my home. And I feel like the travel that I did when I was younger let me do that, because I got it all out of my system. I’m happy now.

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