Carol’s second studio album Savage Purge is now available on DL, CD, or red vinyl 12” at https://carolhodge.co.uk/shop. A limited number of album bundles remain available, including art prints and personalised live recordings. With all live touring plans suspended, she is focussing on writing new material, playing online gigs and promoting Savage Purge.
Produced by Dave Draper (Kerbdog, Dodgy, Ginger Wildheart, The Professionals), the Savage Purge album title was inspired partly by the Post World War II épuration sauvage that took place in France, in which many innocent women were tortured. Lyrical themes include domestic abuse, beauty standards, self love, alcoholism and the dark frontiers of mental health.
The first single from Savage Purge, album opener Stop Worrying Baby, was released on 7th April 2020, accompanied by a music video featuring a familiar face to many, Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy Kirk in ITV’s Emmerdale. Shot and edited by Mark Richards (Slaves, Wonk Unit, Maid Of Ace), the action is based amidst the beautiful West Yorkshire countryside.
As well as being a solo artist, Carol works with other acts, notably Crass founder Steve Ignorant. She has spent much of the last seven years on keys and BVs touring with Steve's acoustic project Slice Of Life. She was a lead vocalist in Steve Ignorant's Last Supper, performing the songs of Crass all over the globe. 2021 will see her revisiting the songs of Crass, singing and playing keys on the Ignorant tour, in the UK, Europe and the USA.
When not dabbling in anarcho-punk, Carol provides live keys and BVs for Texan rockers Ryan Hamilton And The Harlequin Ghosts (signed to Stevie Van Zandt's Wicked Cool Records), and makes occasional guest appearances on keys with The Membranes and The Ginger Wildheart Band.
Described by Louder Than War as "The Adele for people into radical politics...a UK 2018 equivalent to the Tapestry-era Carole King", Carol’s debut album Hold On To That Flame was released in 2018 on independent label Chopback, and published by Bomber Music. The album was featured in Louder Than War's Top 25 list of 2018, and received numerous favourable reviews, as well as extensive independent and online radio play.
“Gathering her musical mojo, Carol has created something special in her vision for Savage Purge. (It) delivers the wholehearted proof… a profoundly wonderful album” - Planet Mosh
“If ever there was a case of “the one that got away” then here it is. Huge crossover-appeal on this one…‘Savage Purge’ is, simply put, life-affirming." – Devilsgate Music
“Carol shows she’s a musician who can switch genres at will, which makes for an eclectic listen, and you’d never guess from her impressive CV or playing that she’s disabled – self-effacingly describing herself as a “seven-fingered pianist”.” – IPA Music