As his imminent debut solo album inches into sight, MIKE CLERK can reveal a tense new video for the featured track: “The Air In Here”.
Getting cabin fever in lockdown, or perhaps restlessly counting down the days to the release ‘The Space Between My Ears’ on 26th March; the new video for “The Air In Here” takes us into the mindset of a man on the edge.
Trapped in an eternity of nothingness with only his own thoughts (and a cameo from Castaway’s Wilson) for company, the endless roll of apocalyptic news on the telly and extended isolation soon begin to take their toll.
Speaking about the video, Clerk says:
“It *kind-of* looks like a lockdown video but that’s just a coincidence if I’m honest, I didn’t want to cheapen it by going for the pandemic angle really but I suppose it’s a bit unavoidable right now!”
Directed by Sean Defrancesco and starring Mike Clerk as himself, “The Air In Here” was filmed over the course of just one day and night early on in 2021.
With themes of mental health and addiction, rehabilitation and redemption, this gripping video precedes the arrival of Clerk’s debut solo album: ‘The Space Between My Ears’. Looking to “mend the after effects of historical over indulgence”, Clerk delivers an alt.rock record that delves deep into the various mind-sets of the human psyche.
Written and recorded almost-entirely by Clerk at his own home studio, additional drum sessions took place at the local YMCA in Kirkcaldy. With contributions from sound-engineer Alan Ramsey, the album was mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Jack White, The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher…).
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Formerly the frontman of The Lost Generation, Clerk already has a good pedigree of experience in the music industry under his belt. While with the band he regularly played exclusive club nights for the NME in the UK and the US, Alan McGee’s Death Disco club nights, and had a close call with guitar duties for Primal Scream.
Prompted by a successful GoFundMe page, Mike Clerk returned to music after an extended absence in 2020 whereby he announced his new solo career. Scoring an exclusive publishing deal with Wardlaw Music (putting him on the same roster as Massive Attack, Pulp, The Zutons, Simple Minds, U2, and Stormzy), Clerk has since earned fans in Iron Maiden’s Tony Moore, The Undertones’ Mickey Bradley and Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle, with the latter even adding Keep Movin’ to his “2020 sh*t year, great music” playlist.
In something of a whirlwind journey that has brought him back from the brink, Clerk is now readying the release of his debut solo album for 2021. Coupling a fierce DIY ethic to a huge sound, ‘The Space Between My Ears’ confirms Clerk’s return to music with a comeback record impossible to ignore.
Self-released on 26th March 2021, ‘The Space Between My Ears’ will be available as a limited edition 12” Vinyl (available exclusively through bandcamp and signed on request). Advance digital pre-orders will also include a free bonus track, “Everybody Knows it” (which features classical film score composer Jeff Bernstein), with the whole album accessible a day ahead of the official release date.
Pre-order the Vinyl // Digital copy of ‘The Space Between My Ears’ here: