Kory Clarke is working on dates for the Summer of 2015!!! Stay tuned!
SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND 2014 ‘PAYBACK’ TOUR!
Glasgow – THE CATHOUSE (Oct 9)
Aberdeen – THE MOORINGS (Oct 10)
Grimsby- YARDBIRDS (Oct 16)
Rock n Roll Limo (pub crawl) party in London Oct 17th – 75 PER PERSON contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your seat! Only 5 left
London – THE ISLINGTON (IN ANGEL) Saturday Oct 18th. GET YOUR PRE- SALE TIX FOR FREEBIES!!!!
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UBER ROCK, UK!!! THE LATEST NEW ALBUM REVIEW – ‘PAYBACK’S A BITCH’ COMING OUT THIS SEPTEMBER 22ND 2014!!!!!
UBER ROCK, UK!!! REVIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM COMING OUT THIS SEPTEMBER ‘PAYBACK’S A BITCH’
Posted on June 30, 2014 by Kory Clarke
Whether it be in the form of a stand-up comedian, an artist, poet, musician, or filmmaker, I love a good maverick. The true individual refusing to waver, refusing to pander to the rules of others, is a counter-culture all to his, or her, self.
Too often nowadays though, in the times of self-releasing and fan-funding, the so-called mavericks are seemingly happy to chuck out the same old same old in the hope that long-term fans will continue to buy anything and everything that has their name on it, the ever-deflating celebrity bubble that surrounds closing in around them.
There are though, thankfully, some mavericks who continue to produce material for themselves and, then, hope that fans will take to it. And that’s where we get to Kory Clarke.
The Warrior Soul frontman may well appear to be more prolific in the art rather than music world these days, but that would be doing the guy a major disservice: in the past few years he has released a new Warrior Soul album (2012′s ‘Stiff Middle Finger’), a follow-up to his lauded ‘Opium Hotel’ album (2011′s ‘Opium Hotel II’), an electro-acoustic solo record (‘Light Your Bonfires’, also 2011), and released the long-lost self-titled album from pre-WS outfit The Trial.
As eclectic as his personality, the aforementioned releases had a spine running through them that perfectly captured the ethos of the man: barbed, confrontational, raw, antagonistic, passionate.
The intensity of the diminutive singer has rarely been called into question. Sure, the punk rock haircut and more guttural rock ‘n’ roll of the Space Age Playboys picked at a scab that bled a more basic RnR aesthetic, but the edge never dissipated: you still wouldn’t have trusted Kory with your girlfriend, car keys, or wallet.
Well, the haircut is back, the gig posters are, again, mentioning the Playboys alongside Warrior Soul, so you’ll be forgiven for thinking that Clarke is back to a basic, primal rock ‘n’ roll. You’ll also be forgiven for being totally, hopelessly, wrong.
Kory’s new album, ‘Payback’s A Bitch’, strips his rock back even further. You won’t believe it until you hear it, but he showcases a softer side, a commercially accessible side, a sidestep so severe that it’ll take you aback when you first put the virtual needle on the record. You, if you’re anything like me, will warm to it almost immediately…unless, of course, you’re one of those special rebellious rockers who likes things exactly the same and as safe as houses.
The opening (and title) track doesn’t stray too far from what we already know, though – the album easing the listener in gently. Well, the first lyrics sung are “Pissed off!” so not that gently. “Been ripped off so many times, I’m gonna remind the assholes who did it,” KC sings over a cleaner rock ‘n’ roll riff than usual, the song, lyrically, aimed at those who have treated him like shit and taken the piss, musically, destined to cut swathes through smoky barrooms.
‘Freak’ is the first of two songs featured on the album written by Bobby Kennedy of the band, Acid (who has also played with David Johansen of the New York Dolls), and it fits the spirit of the record perfectly. Bass-led, with more of a classic glam stomp, the lyrics speak of not knowing where you are or where you’re heading, Kory sympathising with the words given the many projects that he finds himself involved in.
‘Devil’s Highway’ pulls Kory back to a more expected political stance with lyrics dedicated to our seemingly never-ending struggle against the might of the military industrial complex. At chorus time it’s as near as the album gets to prime Warrior Soul – think ‘Last Decade Dead Century’ – but the song’s core is one made up of loops and samples, more Nine Inch Nails than Four More Years. Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that Kory is about to fall back in line, though….
With lyrics by Gary Hood (former guitar tech of Lou Reed), who had previously written for the original ‘Opium Hotel’ album, ‘What Good Is Goodbye’ is a pared-down barroom rock ‘n’ roll ballad that you would expect to hear Spike from The Quireboys singing to a room of waistcoated fans hanging on his every word. Dedicated to good friends lost for stupid reasons, generally drug related, this song, complete with harmonica solo, finds Kory at his most honest….thus far.
If the previous song surprises, prepare for the next to offer a knockout blow: ‘Get Down To Bizness’ finds Kory forgetting all about the last decade and strutting all the way back to the sick seventies. Channeling James Brown, Sly Stone, Huggy Bear, Black Belt Jones and Foxy Brown, this is one song that is gonna git you, sucka! As fun as it is fantastic, this is KC in a never-before-seen guise…and it works, and works well.
Not satisfied with going vintage R ‘n’ B on our asses, Clarke throws out a would-be summer anthem for fun…in both senses of the word. ‘Hoezone’ speaks of superficial celebrity idiots yet, musically, pulses out like a twisted take on modern alternative dance music. If you heard this at a nightclub, or on the soundtrack to an MTV ‘reality’ show, you’d be forgiven for never realising that KC was at the helm. We’re used to Kory and his “FU,” just not with “N” at the end.
‘Jägermeister Machine’ belongs on a massive ad campaign for the German digestif, the drink of choice for many a rock ‘n’ roller. The song itself has its tongue firmly in its cheek (or possibly someone else’s) with Kory sounding not unlike Robbie Quine of The Barbarellatones as he spits out a crazed accent-heavy lyric ripping the piss out of being a wild and crazy guy in Berlin. Musically, the song is a brooding take on dark electro; lyrically, it’s a side splitter.
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Genocide’ is the second of the Bobby Kennedy/Acid songs and you better believe Kory when he says that it is perfect for him to sing. An ironic stab to the neck of generic American bands and the music business in general, the song is blessed with the most gorgeous of kickass verses and the most hook-laden of choruses. Think the ultimate cover version to close out a Space Age Playboys show.
“I love singing for you guys,” says Clarke before ‘The Last Hand’ eases its way out of the speakers. This is Spike and the Qboys by way of the Faces again, another slowburner set to stun….for wholly different reasons to the usual Kory Clarke output, but if you think this is subtle then the closing song, ‘Meet Me In Las Vegas’, will break your heart. Written in Nashville over margaritas and a two year period, this song is the nearest this rock ‘n’ roll mofo has ever gotten to a proper love song and, with its piano and string section, it stings the senses: disbelief possibly reigns, but, ultimately, you’ll realise that this warrior can also pour his heart out in the direction of the one that cares as well as tear it out in objection at the ones who don’t.
Recording in Porto with producer and multi-instrumentalist Andre Indiana and his wife, singer/songwriter Monica Ferraz has worked wonders for Kory Clarke. Ambitious ideas have been fully captured, experiments pushed to their boundaries: the resulting long player one of the finest you’ll hear all year…for absolutely none of the reasons that you expect going into it. Other than Kory Clarke doing whatever the fuck he wants…and getting away with it. Again.
The album is set for release on July 4th – seems appropriate – and a legion of different packages (including bonus tracks, original paintings and “drunkumentary”) are available. Get more information at KORYROXART@GMAIL.COM
Do your bit for a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll maverick – these denizens of rock city are now few and far between.approved image lrg 2013
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NEW KORY CLARKE MINI DOCUMENTARY (Part 1) PROMOTING THE NEW ALBUM!!! PART 1 AVAILABLE BY DOWNLOAD ONLY NOW!!! A QUICK VIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM SONGS ‘PAYBACK’S A BITCH’ INCLUDED!!!
38 mins of info, history, and laughs with the artist Kory Clarke. Plus some new music and recording in the studio from the new album ‘Payback’s a Bitch’ as well as some interesting questions and comments from people all over the world and Kory telling some stories…
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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY REVIEW OF SHOW MAY 22nd 2014
The big question of the evening was how Kory Clarke’s voice will sound like. Only because on the last Stiff Middle Finger record sometimes it seemed that his voice lost his elementary power that was his own on his earlier records. This time though there was no reason to complain about vocal performance. He is the role model of a perfect frontman , such a stage artist that grabs attention, who you have to stare on stage , and the crowd drinks every word of him even though they dont speak english at all. So Kory brought his usual irresistible, vehement rnr attitude, and he did it that way that he hasn’t kept it all for himself. He introduced the members of The joystix several times , asking ovation for them which was pretty symphatetic and human. We could see a rockicon without any star allure, whose voice was perfect. Before the event i expected that Szöszö( The joystix singer) gonna support him lot of times with background vox but Korys voice was so overwhelming with his unique sound (that screaming, raspy voice) that there was no need for such thing. The setlist was perfect, it meant that approximately after 1 minute everybody raised there fist and shouted „We are the government” together. There was no idle time ’til he end of the show, the Warrior Soul classics were followed by each other – Love Destruction, Rotten Soul, The Drug, Fuck the pigs, No no no and so on.
As above mentioned Kory Clarke is Warrior Soul himself, and furthermore the Joystix guys played those classics perfectly, so we got a great rnr gig with balls instead of a poor imitation, and probably this gig would have not been better even if the actual lineup of Warrior Soul would have been the band of the blonde rockhero this night. Though in the crowd not a lot of youngsters could be found (although there were quite a few girls), the crowd was pretty pumped up about the gig- the crowd’s enthusiasm was not stopped even when the band played a new song Payback from Korys forthcoming new Solo record, and it was easy to see on the faces that they probably have been waiting for these minutes since a long time. I’m pretty sure that after the more than one hour set everybody left Durer kert completely satisfied. It was a blast! Thank you Kory! Thank you Joystix!
STEVE BEEBEE FROM KERRANG! UK Review for New album coming out this September… ‘PAYBACK’S A BITCH’
NEW ALBUM “PAYBACKS A BITCH!!!!”
“You underestimate a figure like Kory Clarke at your peril. Having redefined what rock actually could mean as the frontman and figurehead behind Warrior Soul, he’s never stopped looking forward. His current solo album features surprises at every turn, but crucially its voice has an authority that is instantly familiar. Mixing up agit-rock with metal and industrial/electronic influences, there are hints of Rammstein in the mix, or at least there are until Clarke decides to throw another curveball your way with something completely different. Listen to the album as a whole as Kory intended, and you’ll get a kaleidoscope of colour, of influence, a gourmet feast for the auditory system. Intelligent at times, sometimes emotional, and sometimes just plain badass, this fascinating figure has delivered yet another body of work that will hold his admirers in thrall. Go get it! ” – Steve Beebee, ‘Kerrang!’
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* Kory Clarke’s Brand New Album ‘ Payback’s a Bitch’ releasing on Sept 22nd 2014 through LIVEWIRE!!! (and some snippets seen in the recording Studio of the new documentary ‘The Drunkumentary’)
* A New signed Poster from the new Album’s alternative cover (seen here)
* The Kory Clarke New Documentary ‘The Drunkumentary’ made this spring 2014
This fun mini Documentary has quite a bit of the new album being recorded in the studio and some answers to some burning questions! This is a Download Link only!
* An Original Painting by Kory Clarke; loud rock anarchist abstract style (60 x 90cm).
^^Kory Clarke started selling his paintings in 2009 and has sold over 230 pieces. His art is always big and very affordable, these are not for snobs, they are for the every day rock guys and look great indoors or outdoors. They are high energy expressive abstract with words and without words you choose!!! Economical to frame can be advised by writing in to us.
* Brand New Album T’ Shirt
These limited T-shirts will be out tin the summer!
* Warrior Soul “STIFF MIDDLE FINGER” Album Download. This was the last and newest Warrior Soul Album released in 2012. It’s had great reviews due to it’s classic Warrior Soul style lyrics. Hit songs included ‘Junky Stripper’, ‘Occupy’, ‘Planetary Revolution’, ‘Light Your Bonfires’ and ’2012′. Kory Clarke invited Mark Gemini Thwaite from Mob Research, Peter Murphy and The Mission and another couple surprises.
* A bottle of Kory Clarke’s New HOT SAUCE THE ‘ROX SAUCE – Payback’s A Bitch’ made in Portugal … hot spicy different to what you are used to! Not salty or vinegary as most sauces. A special Piri Piri blend.
Immediately upon signing up, you will receive your choice of:
A download of Kory Clark’e poetry Album “Spoken Word 1.2″
This Album contains over 15 tracks of Spoken Word and spoken word based material
A download of Acoustic Album ‘Light Your Bonfires”
A great compilation of the classics and new songs, all played by Kory Clarke. This raw approach is just guitar and vocals.
A download of Opium Hotel II
Following Opium Hotel I, this album was released in 2010. Songs include: “Super Drug”. “Kiss on This”,
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KORY CLARKE’S EXPLOSIVE NEW SOLO RECORD – THE BACKGROUND STORY…
Kory Clarke has recorded his latest release in the most beautiful and coolest up and coming art city of Porto in Portugal this time. His new solo record ‘Payback’ has already the trademark of one of those unforgettable records where every song could easily be a single. A blend of sounds from different genres from Rock and Soul to Country and Blues.
The Producer and multi talented/multi instrumentalist Andre Indiana and his wife, Singer/Songwriter Monica Ferraz, who between them have charted 5 Number One’s on the radio in this territory, invited Clarke to come down to Porto to record on their new collaboration.
They were all out on the town one night when Clarke sang “Meet Me In Las Vegas” to Indiana and they decided then and there to do the record. This amazing combination of talent, inspired them to create this wonderful record. Monica Ferraz’s soulful backing vocals on some of the songs and some of Indiana’s arrangements with invited guests on saxophones, strings and pianos make this quite a refreshing departure from some of Kory’s previous works yet retaining the energy and aggression that he is so well known for.
With Kory’s unmistakable lyrics, voice, energy and sounds on this new record, plus Andre’s expertise in the studio and playing almost all the instruments, this joint collaboration adds to the catalog of quality Clarke has been delivering for over 20 years and undoubtedly will make this Album a Classic. This is the comeback record we’ve all been waiting for.
*** NEW NEWS FOR APRIL!!! ***
Kory Clarke’s Brand New Album to be released early summer… stay tuned…
The Mad Dog Frontman and Producer Kory Clarke is starting the 2014 Touring Season playing close and personal in small clubs all over Europe and America. The material will be that of his famous ‘Space Age Playboys’ franchise (Band and Album), which has influenced many a musician in Europe and America, as well as some of the old Warrior Soul favorites before the release of his BRAND NEW ALBUM “PAYBACK”. These events will be revisiting the successful concept of combining a wild rock n’ roll night with Kory Clarke and a full blown band performance with the best musicians of each city! This is an exciting fun way to start the season and introduce the new album. There will be a pre- listening of the new record at the shows too and after the performance, there will be a listening down and a meet and greet with Kory. To top it off, Kory Clarke’s now very well known radical Art is going to be available for purchase at great special prices AT the shows!!!
May 22nd 2014
At DURER KERT
A Wild Rock Night with Kory Clarke – Budapest: http://youtu.be/gDAHNg7DGRQ
Together with the infamous Joystix as Kory Clarke’s band for the Night!
Please contact them directly for tickets or contact email@example.com
The Joystix in the last few years co headlined with the Bellrays, Bloodlights and other similar great bands in the best of Budapest’s rock clubs.
HUNGARY ONLINE MAG ARTICLES FOR THE SHOW ON MAY 22nd
METAL HAMMER BUDAPEST BRAND NEW INTERVIEW SOON TO BE ADDED!!!
May 31st 2014
at ‘JAG FAR SPADER’ Members Club
Support Acts: Welfare and Drunken Autopilot
Snobben Jonasson from the band Gemini Five is Kory Clarke’s special invited guest guitar player for this rock wild night!
Contact Emil Hedlund FOR TICKETS: firstname.lastname@example.org
At ON THE ROCKS
Thursday, June 5th
At House of Rock TBC
Friday, June 6th
Friday, June 13th
ERBA, near Como and Milan
At CENTRALE ROCKPUB
Saturday, June 14th
More dates to follow…