Best known for her work as Crass founder Steve Ignorant’s pianist, Carol has spent much of the last few years touring with Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life, as well as playing live with Ryan Hamilton And The Harlequin Ghosts, and guest spots for The Membranes, The Ginger Wildheart Band and Simon Wells.
Hold On To That Flame, the debut solo album from Carol Hodge, is now available on CD/DL from independent Huddersfield-based label Chopback.
Described by Louder Than War as “The Adele for people into radical politics...a UK 2018 equivalent to the Tapestry-era Carole King”, Carol has embarked on an intimate solo tour to promote the album in 2018/19.
The first single, Fallibility, was released in August 2018 and features a music video shot by Mark Richards (Slaves, Wonk Unit, Maid Of Ace, The Cravats, Dirt Box Disco) around Huddersfield and Crosby: https://youtu.be/CC8L_oE8wVE
Drawing comparisons to the likes of namesake Carole King, David Bowie, Queen, Alex Harvey, Amanda Palmer, St.Vincent and Elton John, the album foundations are in piano and voice, with drums, bass and guitar filling out Hodge’s solo sound.
Produced by Dave Draper (Ginger Wildheart, Dodgy, Ryan Hamilton, Fort Hope, The Professionals), the album represents an artistic milestone in Hodge’s career:
“If you’re an artist of any sort you’ll probably have perfectionist tendencies. You could work on a song for ten years and still not be happy. I’ve finally got to that point where I can say that’s enough, not that’ll have to do, but that’s enough. I’ve done it. “
Similarly, the title comes from a Nick Cave quote in the film 20,000 Days on Earth. The film had a huge impact: “The film hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw it at the cinema. My inner voice screamed at me: ‘Stop doubting yourself, stop thinking you’re not good enough, stop overthinking absolutely everything. Nothing got achieved by people who just talk about things, you’ve just got to be brave enough to put it out there.’ I think as woman, and as a non-conventional woman, with a disability, this has provided me with excuses for inaction.”