The day is finally here. The big release. World War Free. We’ve been in and out of Aleph Studios in West Seattle recording, mixing, and mastering the album with our producer Mell Dettmer since April 2010, and so much has happened since.
Since entering the studio we’ve performed with The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Third World, Ky-Mani Marley, Katchafire, J Boog, and two-time Grammy award winner Common. Our live in-studio with Kid Hops on KEXP 90.3 FM in January 2011 peaked at #19 on the station’s Top Live Performances chart, right below Death Cab For Cutie.
“Love You Better,” the lead single released as an EP in May 2011, has been on heavy rotation on Native FM on the Big Island of Hawai’i since early July, peaking at no less than the #1 top requested spot. We just got back from a week in the Aloha State, which included an in-studio with Phat Joe and The Reggae Cafe on Island 98.5 in Honolulu, and homecoming celebrations at both Tropics and Kapi’olani Community College in Honolulu. Minus the seaweed rash, we’re rejuvenated and ready to go.
Shortly after World War II, in a letter to President Harry S. Truman, Albert Einstein stated, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” The reality we all need to understand is that our Earth’s natural resources, of which we are obviously very highly dependent, are dwindling at an exponential rate, and the desperate battle to control these resources will ultimately lead us into something that most of us don’t really want to think about right now.
World War Free opens a dialogue on how our history has shaped the current state of the world, and how our actions (or lack thereof) will ultimately shape the future. What we need is more love and less fear. The bottom line? Love will conquer all. It has to.
Kore Ionz perform at The Crocodile on Saturday, August 20, 2011 with Unite-One, Island Bound, and DJ Element. The official World War Free release will be hosted by Prometheus Brown of Blue Scholars. 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. 8pm doors, 21+, $10.