Yorkshire-dwelling singer-songwriter Carol Hodge is a wonderful musical dichotomy. With her roots and ethics firmly set in punk as keyboard player and long-term collaborator with Crass frontman Steve Ignorant and his current band Slice Of Life, Carol is also a uniquely gifted song-writer and as able to conjure up beautiful pop-infused, heart-wrenching melodies as she is screaming into the face of authority and injustice.
She describes herself as a ‘seven-fingered pianist’. Carol was born with a rare condition called cleft type symbrachydactyly, which means Carol has just two fingers on her left hand. This hasn't held her back as her impressive CV is testament to. Carol also performs as a keyboardist/backing vocalist with various touring bands including Ryan Hamilton (signed to Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records), and has also guested with Ginger Wildheart, Headsticks and The Membranes. 2021 and 2022 will see her revisiting the songs of Crass with founding member Steve Ignorant, singing and playing keys on the Ignorant tour, in the UK, Europe and the USA.
To date in 2021, Carol has released three singles from her third studio album The Crippling Space Between on Independent label Midnight Stamp Records. The Moan Of A Thousand Years (winner of Classic Rock's Track Of The Week), So Much For Summertime (with a video created by Shaun Of The Dead soundtrack composer and video artist Dan Mudford) and THIS (video starring dancer Erik Cavanaugh, now appearing in Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show).
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 sold out on red vinyl 12”. 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 in 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 in the UK.
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.