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WARRIOR SOUL, Camden Underworld, London
22 September 2011
that amazes me about Warrior Soul is the band's ability to re-invent
Many of tonight's packed crowd are too young to remember the classic
Warrior Soul line up of Kory Clarke, Johnny Ricco, Mark Evans and Pete
In Kory Clarke they have one of rock's best front men. A man who
has stood by his beliefs and whose lyrics are as real now as they were
20 years ago.
between GRTR!'s Noel Buckley and Kory Clarke...
NB You are in the middle of a UK tour, how's the tour been
going so far.
KC: So far Noel I only fucked up one gig, so, if I only fuck
up one gig that's cool. It wasn't a huge fuck up...
NB: But it's been going well generally.
KC: More than that, I mean, playing all these songs that I
haven't played in years. It's been great because to be able to
play a lot of stuff on the third album, stuff that Mark Evans
NB: What I have noticed with the band over the years, you
attract a lot of new fans as you go along who won't remember, as
you say, Salutations From The Ghetto Nation, they won't remember
KC: It's very funny to watch a mosh pit
NB: There seems to be a lot of energy in the band now. There are
gigs every 6 months, does that keep you fresh?
KC: Yes, but the thing is the old rock industry would churn
out a record every year. It takes 6 months to make a record and
then churn out another.
NB: It sounds like more pressure on you.
KC: Now I have to do 2 or 3 records a year. I would love to
tour a million times but it's really difficult in this market.
All I can do is my art and I am moving more into painting and
the spoken word.
NB: A lot of that is on your new album, Opium Hotel 2.
KC: Opium Hotel 2 is a collaboration of all my artistic
friends and the whole cover and everything is designed and
painted by me.
NB: I mean I heard it for the first time today and I've got to
say that my first impression is that it's a great album.
'Kiss On This', I thought was very back to the 'Space Age
Playboys' album. But the one that really hit me was 'Masquerade
Party'. I just thought that this was a great lovely song.
KC: The thing is, it is a beautiful song and Gary wanted
to leave it in the dust. I mean he totally forgot about it. I
had to call him and, I think it was last year, I gave him a ring
and I go "Dude I'm going to use the song"...
KC: Gary Hood came up with the song Opium Hotel. I am the
one who turned an album into a cottage industry. The people who
bought Opium Hotel are now following my art and Gary's work and
my spoken word.
Now I got a place to put my spoken word and all that stuff. Now
I have an actual place, a storefront to put this art in and you
can either like my art that way or you can like Warrior Soul for
the aggressive hard rock. Or both.
Here I am in a new rock band and it is creating such a new sense
of rock sensitivity for our music.
NB: Getting back to Opium Hotel 2 are you going to promote that.
Will you be playing the songs from the album on tour.
KC: We are starting to work everything in.
NB: Moving on very quickly as we are running out of time. 20
years down the line what do you think now about the whole Geffen
thing. How do you feel now. Do you regret things? How do you
feel about what happened with the band at that time?
Warrior Soul should have been massive.
KC: I can always equate it to this: Watching a man
masturbating in a Little Chef on a tiled floor and releasing
giant wads against the sky.
NB: Does that answer my question? Right one last question.
You've lived in Europe for some time now...Have
you got into soccer?
KC: Please do me a favour and do not wank in the Little
NB: Kory Clarke, thank you.
With an intro of 'The Forth Reich' being played over the PA chants of
Kory-Kory started to echo around the hall. "Fuck the Pigs", "No No No" and "Rotten Soul" set the tone for the night.
The band's third album "Salutations
From The Ghetto Nation" had a good
airing. Classic tracks such as "Song In Your Mind", "Blown" and "Shine
Like This" showed just how good this band are, even though the tempo of
these songs is slow, they were received with great enthusiasm. 'Love
Destruction' on the other hand created a massive mosh pit...not a place
for the faint hearted.
Problems with the monitors were dealt with in a unique way, Kory
banished the guy to the back of the hall.
If you get a chance, do yourself a favour and go and see this band.
Set List...The Fourth Reich/ Fuck the Pigs /No No No/ /Rotten
Soul/ Song in your Mind./ Shock Um Down/ Love Destruction/ Blown/ Shine/
Like It/ The Party/ Intro/ Interzone/ The Drug/ Downtown/ Hero/
photos by Noel Buckley
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