MEET KORY CLARKE (Warrior Soul/Space Age Playboys/Dirty Rig/Mob Research, etc.)
***THE SHOW IS ON ABERDEEN!!! OCT 10th 2014
Aberdeen, having kicked each other’s asses last year, Kory feels it’s time for round 2.That’s right, Kory Clarke/ Warrior Soul returns to the North East of Scotland to BLAST new solo album “PAYBACK’S A BITCH”. With Another Killer NEW BAND as ALWAYS, expect a selection of new Kory material, a number of Warrior Classics and a few Space Age Playboy Crackers!! Come DRINK Along!! October 10th at “The Moorings”. You have been warned. Now, LET’S GET WASTED!!!!
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UBER ROCK, UK!!! 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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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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