WARRIOR SOUL

 

Band Details

Kory Clarke originally started in the music scene as a drummer for a number of bands, including Detroit punks L7 (not the all female L.A. band) and Pennsylvania Southern rockers Raging Slab. After realizing his calling was as a singer and front man, Kory Clarke promoted himself to stage front and founded Warrior Soul.

The band began to play in New York City in 1987, and soon came to the attention of Geffen, who signed the band. Geffen directed Clarke to shed his hired band and get new players. Clarke insisted on keeping Pete McClanahan as his bass player, and recruited guitarist John Ricco and former Killing Joke drummer Paul Ferguson.

In 1990, Warrior Soul released their first album, ‘Last Decade Dead Century’. The 11-track studio album received critical acclaim, especially in the U.K., where listeners readily embraced the band's political invective and insurrectionist rantings as the next big thing.

1991 saw Ferguson replaced on drums by Mark Evans and the band's second album ‘Drugs, God and the New Republic’ release, which took their anarchist leanings even further. A nationwide support tour with Queensrÿche (with whom they shared management from the mighty Q Prime agency) followed.

The following year saw the release of the band's third album, 1992's ‘Salutations from the Ghetto Nation’ and Clarke's relationship with Geffen sour. Clarke's interviews became increasingly bitter, often focusing on the band's record label, whom he accused of ignoring the group's potential.

Eventually, Clarke resorted to an all-out war, telling all who would listen that the band's fourth release, 1993's ‘Chill Pill’ had been botched on purpose in order to fulfill the band's contract. The ploy seemed to work, and by early 1994 Warrior Soul were dropped by Geffen.

A number of lineup changes ensued, settling on a line-up of Clarke, Alex Arundel (aka X-Factor), Pete McClanahan and Scott Duboys (Nuclear Assault/Cities/Cycle Sluts from Hell).

Clarke sought to reinvent Warrior Soul as self-appointed cyberpunks for their fifth album, 1995's ‘Space Age Playboys’, released on the independent Futurist label. While touring in support of the album, Warrior Soul headlined the 1995 Kerrang! U.K. tour, as well as performing at the 1995 Dynamo Open Air festival, and also at the 1995 Donnington Monsters of Rock concert.

After the performance of their last live show in September 1995, Arundel, Duboys, and longtime bassist McClanahan quit the band, leading in short order to Clarke's decision to retire the band later that year.

In 1996, ‘Odds & Ends’ was released as a collection of demos recorded on an eight-track with Arundel, and leftover material that was originally intended for release on Elektra Records.

The "classic" lineup of Clarke, Ricco, McClanahan, and Evans would later reunite in the studio to re-record fifteen of the bands' songs, released on Spitfire records as Classics in 2001. All Warrior Soul albums were remastered and re-released on CD and MP3 in 2006 and 2009, including with bonus material (mostly live songs originally released as b-sides). The first three albums were also re-released on vinyl in 2009.

Clarke says many of their songs are politically based, such as "Blown Away", "Superpower Dreamland", "In Conclusion", and "Children of the Winter." Clarke describes the band's sound as "acid punk", particularly their ‘Space Age Playboys’ album.

Drummer Mark Evans was murdered in London, UK in 2005.

In 2007 Clarke revived the name and set out on a tour of the U.K. A live album soon followed, and in 2008 the band released a new studio album titled Chinese Democracy (though they soon retitled it ‘Destroy the War Machine’ in deference to the Guns N' Roses album of the same name).

In 2012, another new lineup released the studio album ‘Stiff Middle Finger’ co-produced by Sue Gere and Kory Clarke, with Lundell still on guitar but joined by "Johnny H" and Xevi "Strings" Abellán, Danny Engstrom and Sue Gere on bass and drums by Freddie Cocker Kvarnebrink. Former band member John Ricco makes a guest appearance on guitar, as does The Mission guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite. The band embarked on a month-long European tour in November 2012, followed by a brief tour through the Eastern United States in December.

In 2014 Clarke brought out a solo album recorded in Porto, Portugal ‘Payback's A Bitch’. Co Producer Andre Indiana and Monica Ferraz on backing vocals make this album very unique and diverse demonstrating the different sides to Clarke's musical abilities. Rolling Stone Germany gave the album full score.

In 2013 Kimmett joined Warrior Soul followed by Stevie Pearce on guitar a year later. They have been touring Europe/USA extensively every year since. A new live album recorded in The Netherlands and in Athens, due to be released in late 2016. The band's following remains strong and dedicated, with the 2014/2015 tours being a success, having finished 2015 with back to back sold out shows in Belgium, London and Athens.

2016 has seen tours in The Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy, to rave reviews.

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