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A KLEAR BREAK
NIAGARA FALLS BAND FULL OF GRATITUDE FOR GOOD FORTUNE

PREVIEW

WHO: Klear with Last Conservative, Agent Me

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St.

TICKETS: $10 advance, $12 at the door

INFO: 852-5000

"Think big, talk small" is the motto Bruce Wojick learned from his cousin, the late Tommy Tedesco, a world-renowned studio guitarist who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson.

Not only has Wojick used that motto throughout his life, it's one he has instilled in his bandmates in the hot modern-rock quartet Klear.

"All the breaks we're getting right now put the focus on us. So we have to be appreciative, humble and have humility," Wojick says.

Those qualities have always been evident in the personable Wojick, known around the scene as one of the truly nice guys and someone always willing to help other musicians.

Case in point: He doesn't want to talk about being honored last week as the Best Original Rock Guitarist at the Buffalo Music Awards. It's not about one person - it's about the band, Wojick insists, steering the conversation back on to Klear, where there's plenty to discuss.

The Niagara Falls quartet has achieved a startling accomplishment: It peaked in the top spot on the WEDG 103.3 FM playlist with the single "It's All on Me" from the new disc "7500 miles." That put Klear ahead of such heavyweights as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Puddle of Mud. The single remains in the WEDG Top 10 and has also gained airplay on WBUF 92.9 FM, a station that has already added a second single ("Middle") to its mix.

"The music stuck out. The band writes some really good rock songs," says WEDG program director Lenny Diana. "The song stands up against anything out there. And there's some really tough competition in this fourth quarter - Pearl Jam has a new record out; Hoobastank is on fire; and there's a new Nirvana record, of all things. There are some pretty big bands out there, and then this band has a song that stands up next to all of them."

Klear's roots dig deep, with Wojick and bassist Leo McDonald playing in God's Children in the 1990s, a band that morphed into Klear with the addition of drummer Denny Lane and talented young singer Fred Shafer - whose throaty vocals give the band a distinct modern-rock edge.

Wojick is known for a devoted work ethic that led God's Children to become the first on the scene to land songs on television (on everything from "Guiding Light" to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," among others) and on to the big screen ("Vegas Vacation" and "A Thousand Acres"). Klear's "Mr. Cracker" has been heard on TV's "Ultimate Fighting Challenge."

The weight of everything happening for Klear isn't lost on Wojick. "This is so incredible," he says about the radio airplay. Then he sighs, saying he's at a loss for words except that he knows each good thing that happens is only one step along the way. It's more important now, than ever, to stay focused.

"We are so much in the mode to try and do things the right way," he says. "We let the music do the talking and let our track record do the talking. We just want to be a solid, old-school rock band that tries to do the right thing."

e-mail: truberto@buffnews.com

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