Carol's third studio album The Crippling Space Between is now ready for release.
Produced by Dave Draper (Jazmin Bean, The Wildhearts, The Professionals), The Crippling Space Between is an unashamed exploration of the emotional rollercoaster that was 2020. Carol flits between styles, bridging the gaps with her astute lyricism. “If you’ve felt isolated and alone inside your own faulty brain, this album is for you. If you’ve felt angry at the world, and your lack of control over your own existence, this album is for you. If you’ve felt fearful of the future, completely lost and wondering if life is all just a ridiculous game, this album is definitely for you.”
Polished Indie Pop nuggets abound in tracks such as Twenty Miles Up, So Much For Summertime and Scream Of The Sea, while This and Moan Of A Thousand Years bring some heavier rock riffs to the table. Carol's trademark piano-led ballads remain, with More Important and Best Thing In This Town highlighting the honest emotion she is becoming known for.
Carol’s second studio album Savage Purge is now available on DL, CD, and red vinyl 12” at https://carolhodge.co.uk/shop. Featuring in top 2020 album lists by Louder Than War, Three Songs And Out, The Ginger Quiff (and album of the year for Where The Music Does The Talking), lead single 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, the video was shot and edited by Mark Richards (Slaves, Wonk Unit, Maid Of Ace), in the beautiful West Yorkshire countryside.
The Old Grey Whistle Test homage video for second Savage Purge single Stopped Believing In You was released on 27th November 2020, leading to interviews and airplay by BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Bristol, among many other local stations the UK.
As well as being a solo artist, Carol works with other acts, notably Crass founder Steve Ignorant. She plays keys and BVs touring with Steve's acoustic project Slice Of Life and was a lead vocalist in Steve Ignorant's Last Supper, performing the songs of Crass all over the globe. 2021 and 2022 will see her revisiting the songs of Crass, singing and playing keys on the Ignorant tour, in the UK, Europe and the USA (Covid-willing).
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 (modern) 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