Mike Clerk‘s first single Thoughts of Fools is taken from a forthcoming planned album The Space Between My Ears, which sees Mike back on the scene after stepping away from front man duties with previous outfit The Lost Generation. With material written and self recorded, the Fife based guitarist and singer-songwriter Mike Clerk started a GoFundMe page in order to gauge interest and fund the release of his first solo single; hitting over £2000 in less than twelve hours. Mike spoke with The Fountain about the track and the response.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Thoughts of Fools?
It’s been pretty amazing actually, and surprising since I’ve been away from the scene for a while. Going solo is a thing I never really planned on, or expected to do to be honest, so it’s all pretty surprising. Like an accident with a good outcome, falling in a river and climbing out with a salmon in your pocket.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Anyone who has ever had the delight of a conversation with myself will know that its absolutely impossible for me describe anything in a single sentence.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences with this track?
People, inside and out. As a musician I’m hopelessly in love with desert stoner rock, as well as anything from Neil Young to Massive Attack – I don’t really idolise musicians as such, but more so songs on their own. I’m always amazed at the sculpture and stories of a track rather than the people behind it.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Apart from staying alive? Well gigging is going to need something spectacular to happen if its going to be on the cards – so I’m guessing bar a miracle that’s in the bin for now. I’ve got a second single planned for release late Oct, which I’m out shooting the video for this month. I’ve also got a few things on the cards I can’t really talk about right now as nothings been signed as of yet, and I’m currently writing/recording album number 2 which I’ll stick my head into up to Christmas. I suppose like everyone in the industry I’ll just really have to be playing it by ear as I go really.