Reading up on Kory Clarke and knowing that he is very open about his political views, I was not sure what to expect during our interview other than that it should be fun. Well, it definitely was. I found him to be hanging out in his changing room backstage at the O2 Islington Academy sipping some red wine. I was offered a beer and on we rolled with the interview. We talked about the current European tour, the Irish promoter screwing up with their shows and the meaning and messages behind Warrior Soul – with some history background. Listen to the whole interview below and learn more about the rockstar who hates rock ‘n’ roll. There’s also a review of the London show beneath with Stuart’s pictures of the Warrior Soul performance in Glasgow during the same tour.
Generation Graveyard were up first and their looks were an almost accurate representation of the music they played: punky outfits and hairstyles along with metal band patches (Venom among other). It was unfortunate that the acoustics of the place were not the best as it mostly sounded like a wall of noise during most of their set. Nevertheless, they presented to us an interesting blend of punk, metal, rock and black metal. It was a solid show and Generation Graveyard are a band worth checking out.
The next act was also from London and they were the main support throughout the Warrior Soul tour: Zodiac N Black. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy their show after checking out their material, however, this show has completely changed my opinion about them and I will definitely enjoy reviewing their new album The Aftermyth. After talking to a few people, I realised that I was not the only one who was stunned by their performance. In a way their music has a lot of old-school rock ‘n’ roll elements which is nothing new but the way they blend everything creates a completely new sound. They are masters of their instruments; especially the bassist and guitarist. The guitar solos were melodic and sweet while the bass lines were rhythmic and pleasant to the ear which boosted the whole rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere. The vocals needed some getting used to at the beginning, however after a few minutes they suited well with the rest. Zodiac N Black is a band to watch out if you want to rock ‘n’ roll. They’ve got it all: groove, hard rock, solos, slower tracks and tunes to bang your head to. They proved all of this from the first note when they hit the stage.
After that the time was nigh for the headliner which everyone was waiting for. The place was packed and boosting with rock ‘n’ roll energy and loads of beers. The atmosphere was great and the band getting on stage only made it better. First, the band went on stage without the main man – Kory Clarke – but after the first few riffs of the track “Junky Stripper” (off the new album Stiff Middle Finger) Kory entered the picture and made the crowd go crazy. Without doubt, he got on stage with style with his really long hair under his black hat and with sunglasses on. He gave the image of a true rock star – although he really isn’t one as he himself claims that he hates rock ‘n’ roll. Nevertheless, his stage presence is a huge part of the show as it has a great effect on the spectator. They may not have fireworks, make up or some special outfits. They look like just any other rock band out there on stage. However, when Kory moves his hands and his body, mimics the lyrics with his hands – that’s all that is needed to impress any person standing in front of the stage and make him or her bang the hell out of himself or herself. It’s minimalistic but it fuckin’ rocks and that’s how we like it.
There were a variety of songs played whether it was from the new album or the album which “made Warrior Soul famous”: The Space Age Playboys. “She’s Glaswegian” off Destroy the War Machine (or Chinese Democracy) was also played but it was when the band played “Love Destruction” off Salutations from the Ghetto Nation that made the crowd be louder than the band itself. There was no head to be spotted which was not headbanging or singing along to the lyrics. When the show ended, everyone was leaving with a smile on their face. Although we could have more of Warrior Soul that night, everyone had their rock ‘n’ roll boost with the feeling that “we are the government”.