Designed to inspire a healthy dose of motivation in challenging times, this latest release is indicative of a solo artist smashing right through the fourth wall with no intention of stopping.
The second track to be released from his forthcoming album ‘The Space Between My Ears’, “Keep Movin’” is an adrenaline laced alt.rock record to invigorate mind, body and soul. Exploring a specific aspect of the human psyche, its lyrics find Clerk homing-in on our miraculous ability to restore ourselves from personal adversity.
Buoyed by an incredible reaction to a GoFundMe page Clerk set up speculatively to gauge interest amongst fans for a new solo record, the Fife songwriter hasn’t looked back. Going from strength to strength ever since, Clerk released “Thoughts of Fools” in August, an exhilarating first single that has established him as a hot tip moving into 2021. On the back of the track, Clerk was also able to pull-off an exclusive publishing deal with Wardlaw Music; placing him on a roster of world class musicians who have worked with the likes of Massive Attack, Pulp, Kylie Minogue, The Zutons, Simple Minds, U2, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran. Reflecting on a dizzying few months, Clerk says:
“Since I put the first single out it all went a bit wild. I never expected it to be honest, as I’ve not even been able to gig yet – and especially during a time like this where most of the industry is really struggling. I mean, I have mates that do sound engineering and tour managing for some huge bands that are having to get jobs at Amazon to keep themselves afloat – it’s beyond brutal, so I never expected to end up in a position to be signing anything apart from mail deliveries. It’s the main reason why I’ve still never bothered approaching any record labels to work with on putting out the album. It’d just be bad manners to go knocking on anyone’s door while they’ve got their own problems to deal with”.
Perhaps best known as the frontman of The Lost Generation, during his time Clerk notably played shows including Alan McGee’s Death Disco and Club NME in London, had a close-call with guitar duties for Primal Scream, and made appearances as far afield as Europe and the US. Splitting from the band for the “sake of my own sanity”, Clerk returned to music in 2020 finding a devoted fanbase still intact and eager to hear him making music again.
Now carving out a highly promising niche as a solo artist, Clerk leads the charge with two tantalising singles which will appear on a new album ‘The Space Between My Ears’ in 2021. Promising an alternative rock record, which centres around the themes of mental health issues and self reassurance; The Space Between My Ears’ will be a probing exploration into the darker side of the human psyche. Packing a gritty alt/rock punch with lyrics unafraid to get personal, Clerk’s new music is the output of a reformed character hitting new creative heights.
“Keep Movin’” is available on all major digital platforms on 20th November 2020. You can also follow Mike for updates and extra content on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube using / mikeclerkmusic.
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