Mob Research Biography
Mob Research is the bastard offspring of legendary Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven (also Ministry, Prong) and guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Tricky). Both born and bred in the midlands U.K, the pair jammed back in 1989 then went their separate ways, crossing paths occasionally over the years before reuniting in L.A. in spring 2007 to ignite the fire that is MR.
Raven enlisted legendary Detroit frontman Kory Clarke (Warrior Soul), mad scientist Legion Davies on additional guitars, ex Queens of The Stone Age drummer Nick Lucero on skins and the beast was born. Sadly Paul Raven passed away in his sleep in October 2007, more details and obituaries below.... his bass contributions to the album were already completed... the rest of the band decided to continue his good work for their high anticipated debut album 'Holy City Zoo' in both New York City and Los Angeles,
In May 2012, the EP, "Motormouth" is released to an unsuspecting public...
"Making the record in New York & Los Angeles has added a tension to the music due to the rebublican induced climate of fear & the feeling of paranoia & impending disaster in large cities accross the world" - Paul Raven
"Mob Research has harnessed a new sense of positivity when all we see around us is negativity" - Mark Thwaite
"A prophetic time for this combination of musical gangsters to come together, with a fantastic music and lyrical exposé for the masses. I've personally been waiting for this for a long time " - Legion
Kory Clarke was a founder member of American metal rockers Warrior Soul. The 1995 album Space Age Playboys was released on the independent Futurist Records label, but the band disbanded within the year, despite critical acclaim and voted top album by many European journalists and nominated best live act by MTV. Many have regarded Space Age Playboys as their finest effort. Kory was later to join as vocalist for Trouble, and hooked up with Mob Research in the summer of 2007.
Mark Gemini Thwaite
Mark Gemini Thwaite has been the guitarist for a number of British rock bands and artists over the years, including The Mission UK, Tricky, Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), & New Disease, plus various guest appearances with Gary Numan, Roger Daltrey (The Who), P.J. Harvey, Grand Theft Audio, and Alanis Morissette. Originally from Birmingham UK, Mark and Paul first jammed together back in 1989 before Paul rejoined Killing Joke, they then went their separate ways, crossing paths occasionally over the years before reuniting in Los Angeles in spring 2007 to collaborate on Mob Research. .Mark is currently the guitarist for Peter Murphy and has recently collaborated on a new studio album, due out in 2009, along with Mob Research drummer Nick Lucero. MGT's full discography can be located at www.markthwaite.com
Nick Lucero previously drummed with Queens Of The Stone Age, most noteably on their 'Rated-R' album in 2000. Nick was also a member of The Flys, and joined Peter Murphy's band in 2007 on recommendation of Mark Gemini Thwaite. Nick was drafted into Mob Research in 2007 to record live drums on the bands forthcoming album 'Holy City Zoo'. Niack has recently collaborated on a new studio album with Peter Murphy, due out in 2009, along with Mob Research guitarist Mark Thwaite. For more information on Nick check out his website www.nicklucero.com
Paul Vincent Raven was a rock bassist best known for his work in the seminal punk/goth/metal/electronic group Killing Joke. He later played in the alternative rock/industrial rock bands Prong and Ministry. Paul Raven co-founded Mob Research in spring 2007 with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite. Unfortunately Raven died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep on October 20, 2007 while recording with treponem Pal in Geneva, Switzerland. At the time of his death, over 10 Mob Research songs had been written and recorded musically, 4 complete with vocals and 6 waiting for Kory's lytrics.
His early musical career included stints in Neon Hearts and glam rock band, Kitsch. Raven's big break came when he replaced original Killing Jokebassist Youth in mid 1982, just in time for a North American tour. He was with the group through its most commercially successful period, appearing on the Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns albums, before leaving during the recording of 1988's Outside the Gate, rejoining in time for 1990's Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions. Raven continued to make appearances with the band through the years, juggling bass duties with Youth who rejoined the band in 1994... In 2006 Raven joined Ministry and recorded on Ministry's final studio album, The Last Sucker.