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Singled Out: The Only's 'Bad Clark'

05/09/2016
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Today The Only's mastermind Mark Poseler tells us about the new single "Bad Clark" from his eponymous debut album, which will be released on July 5, 2016. Here is the story:

It was an experiment I wanted to try that involved recording in complete isolation from the outside world. I'm sure it's not the first time it's been done, but the idea was new to me none the less. No producers, engineers or record guys, no friends or family, no band mates, no one. I wasn't sure what I was going to record, but I knew I only had 2 days to get this song done. I was hoping that having the mental freedom of being completely uninhibited by any fear of judgment from the outside world, would unleash a monstrous ball of creative energy that I could roll onto my first solo record. I spent the two days creating and recording a song called Bad Clark, which personally I really enjoy. However, the time has come to open the gates to the harsh elements of the outside world, and let the people decide for themselves.

The structure of Bad Clark is a gradual build from beginning to end. Every instrument I played on the track had a repetitious part that gradually builds in intensity. Everything from the egg shaker and tambourine, to the drums and guitar hooks, repeats over and over as it builds towards the end. Lyrically, I went with a good vs. evil theme and the internal struggle that people sometimes face.

When I was a kid I loved Superman, seems fitting that the Man of Steel is the main character in this song. As the story unfolds you realize he's tired of always being the hero, and wants to live for himself and be "Bad Clark". There is also an element of feeling unstoppable and taking over the world that underlies the entire song.

The Only's is recommended for fans of Awolnation, Beck, Twenty One Pilots, Queens Of The Stonage, The Arctic Monkeys. Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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