The Clavicle Gate

by Michael Var Fickle


"THE CLAVICLE GATE" IS AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & CD on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. 12 Strange Songs.

After many years off the grid, Michael Var Fickle returns with "The Clavicle Gate". There aren't many releases in a calendar year where ALL the songs are good. The Clavicle Gate is one of them. From intense self doubt to eerie finger pointing, Fickle lays open as if it were a confessional. Strange love songs to women AND drugs, Fickle seems adamant towards his convictions and begging forgiveness for them at the same time. The vocals range from a desperate plea to a rage filled snarl. Clearly Fickle has put some time into the lyrics("I toast this crash and burn to you") and while the musical end of the songwriting is top notch with hooks galore(i never knew what to expect around each corner), it's the lyrics that really make the release shine("keys are heard jinglin' down the hall, while the mask lip-syncs a sympathy call"). Recommended listening. I even liked the cover art.

1. Obligatory Intro
2. Unsaid
3. Nickles And Dimes, Baby
4. Halt My Hands
5. What To Do
6. Twelve Years Between Coins
7. Guidance
8. Is It You Or Is It Me?
9. You're a Fake, You're a Fraud...And I'm Your Biggest Fan
10. Cynical Show
11. On My Head
12. So Worn You're Warm (Ugly)

MVF: vocals, guitar & piano
Keith Thomson: bass
Dave Perry: drums
Damen Thompson: guitar

Jeff Zielinski: drums on tracks 2,7,8 & 9
Dave Schall: guitar on tracks 8 & 11
Jim Fourniadis: bass & background vocals on tracks 11 & 12
Chad Knight: drums on tracks 11 & 12
Josh Sokal: additional bass on track 2

Produced by MVF
All songs by MVF


released August 6, 2013



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Michael Var Fickle Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Fresh off the reports of his death, Michael Var Fickle checked his pulse, took a look in the mirror & decided it was time to make more music. The story of his death revolved around a bike, a car & uh,....i don't really care. He looks good for a dead guy and his trip to the other side loaded him up with many new songs & yet another new voice. Check out his latest release "The Clavicle Gate." OK? ... more

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