Drop-d Presents: Warrior Soul @ Cyprus Avenue
Acid-punk legends Warrior Soul hit Cork for the first time in a Drop-d live exclusive. Details inside!
DROP-D.IE in association with Stage Door Entertainment presents:
CYPRUS AVENUE, CAROLINE ST.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH – DOORS 9PM
Warrior Soul is an American hard rock band formed in 1987 by lead singer and producer Kory Clarke. Clarke started the band on a bet from a promoter at New York City’s Pyramid Club, after a solo performance art show called ‘Kory Clarke/Warrior Soul’. Clarke boasted he would have the best rock band in the city within six months. Nine months later he signed to Geffen Records for a million dollars.
The term “Acid Punk” was coined by Clarke to explain the hard driving trippy sound that was Warrior Soul, particularly the Space Age Playboys album, mixed by Ben Gross. The style once again predicted what was going to break on the American and International rock music scene with the success of Green Day and The Offspring
The critical acclaim that accompanied the band translated to record sales in Europe but there was not enough push or touring to break in the USA. Despite recognition by peers, including Lars Ulrich from Metallica who had been quoted as saying Space Age Playboys was his favorite album, Warrior Soul disbanded in 1995.
In 1996, Odds & Ends was released as a posthumous collection of demos and left material that were to be part of a major label record (Elektra, Nancy Jeffries) that got squashed by Peter Mensch at Q-Prime management. Clarke took 2 years off after disbanding “The Playboys” and moved back to New York, and wrote & released on Cargo Records his spoken word solo album Opium Hotel in 2004. Soon after Clarke was tapped to be the lead singer of Dirty Rig and coproduced their album for Escapi Records in 2006.
Following the re-release of the band’s first five albums on in 2006, Clarke reformed Warrior Soul for a UK tour in March 2007, using long time musician friends from England and Sweden. A live album resulted from a subsequent UK tour in October of that year.
The band released a limited edition studio album titled Chinese Democracy in October 2008, just a month before the Guns ‘n’ Roses album of the same name was due for release. The band shortly re-named the album Destroy the War Machine and began to print more copies.
In 2008, the band played the second incarnation of Hard Rock Hell, in North Wales, with the large room over capacity when the band played, rendering the opposing Hawkwind show on the next stage virtually unattended. Kerrang! magazine reviewed the show as KKKKK (5 Ks). December 2008, also saw the band return to large indoor stages, with shows at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London, and the Academy, Glasgow.
In 2009, the band saw re-issues of the classic Warrior Soul work on vinyl, and a European tour to support the release of Destroy the War Machine. Warrior Soul toured the UK with The I See.
2012 has so far seen the band play in Slovenia & Wacken Festival. Before they tour both the UK & Europe from September onwards, this Irish tour will be in support of the band’s new album that will be released in September, and will see them take in Belfast, Dublin, and for the first time, Cork City.