Album Review: Warrior Soul – “Back On The Lash”
Frank Sinatra once infamously said “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” I suspect that’s a statement that Warrior Soul frontman Kory Clarke would heartily agree with, as the title of this album suggests.
After Warrior Soul’s previous effort Destroy The War Machine saw the group in familiar political rock territory, Back On The Lash is pretty much a full-on drinking album with almost every song being about the hardcore barfly life. It’s the story of a life well wasted but, with the exception of a slight sense of regret on Going Broke, generally being way past caring.
Following the intro of American Idol (similar to the spoken word opening minute or so of I See The Ruins on Warrior Soul’s debut), I Get Fucked Up lays the manifesto out large by stating that with the way the world’s been going to hell in a handbasket over the last few years, maybe getting too out of it to care is the sensible option nowadays.
Blackout, Thrillseeker and Further Decay are all cut from the same cloth, while the closing duo of I Got The Rock and That’s How We Roll are odes to the joys of trolling round the toilet circuit night after night and playing gigs to people who appreciate the music because, what the hell, it’s something to be enjoyed. Crucially though, every one of these tunes features a big meaty riff topped off with Clarke’s “Lemmy swallowing broken glass” growl, and should provide plenty of listens for Warrior Soul fans and anyone who appreciates genuine, angry, wrong-side-of-the-tracks rock ‘n’ roll.
While some may bemoan the lack of angry political rants from Kory on this album given the current US political climate, Back On The Lash is a simple, brutal and unrepentant collection of odes to getting well and truly fubar, topped off with some good riffs and tunes. Nothing new or surprising in other words, but it doesn't make it any less of an energising and enjoyable effort. Mine's a large one landlord...