The Clavicle Gate

by Michael Var Fickle

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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 06 August 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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Track Name: Halt My Hands
a woman once close, late last week
put a tomb of emptiness beneath my feet
while discreetly...
she asked me what the problem was
said it was a matter of just because
and she knew
i meant it sincerely
halt my hands
time has my had
and you know it's the best thing that i ever had
and you can travel close
travel oh so close or leave me behind
it's up to you
far beyond and twice removed
i gave her the keys to cold rooms
she asked a question...
only to benefit me
while ten years in the past
and we seldom commute
the feeling is fickle and so far from astute
well, living in the past...
ain't what is used to be
halt my hands
time has my had
and you know it's the best thing that i...
i ever had
and you can travel close
travel oh so close
or leave me behind
it's up to you
the gloom that blooms in her room
confuse the ruins they now consume
the perfume of promise
and the wit to elude
the groove is smooth
another torch for the tomb
now without memory
there can be no retribution
to forgive and forget
is a forgone conclusion
i never knew emptiness
was that much a part of me
now what i have done
shant be explained
and you with everlasting love
shall always remain
god damn well dear to me
halt my hands