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For release on 1st September 2020

Carol Hodge releases new sobriety-themed song and music video Stopped Believing In You

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ISRC: TCAES2085675

Stopped Believing In You is the latest music video from British singer-songwriter Carol Hodge. The second video release from the album Savage Purge (released in June 2020 on Midnight Stamp Records), the song marks a slight departure from her usual piano-led style, dipping a toe into anthemic Dark Wave waters, with synths and EBM drums behind soaring vocals.

Lyrically, the song explores sobriety, and reflects upon Carol’s experience of quitting alcohol in late 2018:

There’s a shake in my hand, betrays my inner state

So I’m calming my nerves, the challenge of my fate

As Carol explains:

“Over the years, my relationship with alcohol became more complex and dangerous. It’s very easy to slip into bad habits when you are a touring musician, with drug and alcohol problems being treated as banal, just part and parcel of the music world. It got to the point when I realised I needed to make a decision: either slip into oblivion, or take the harder route of getting clean and sober. I am thankful every day for choosing the latter.”

The video pays homage to iconic British TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test, using live footage shot at alternative music venue The Parish, in Huddersfield. Light trails, retro filters and on-screen text give a nod to the aesthetic of OGWT, reflecting the early electro sensibility of the track. Carol is joined in the video by guitarist Piper Dawes (Wobbly Bob, Housebound Ska Collective), bassist Matt Crosher (Random Hand, Complicated Men Of Leisure) and drummer Oliver Perry (Joanne Shaw Taylor, Milliner), who were due to tour the UK as The Carol Hodge Band, before lockdown thwarted live music plans.

The song is now available on all streaming platforms, or to download from https://carolhodge.co.uk/shop or Bandcamp https://carolxhodge.bandcamp.com and the video will be here on Youtube from 1st September 2020.

Review quotes:

“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

 

Further info:

 

Email: carolxhodge@gmail.com           Natter: (+44) 7841862905

 

Official website: https://carolhodge.co.uk

Other videos:

Full band live set – July 2020 // Live acoustic cover of Smash by The Offspring

 

Click here for a full Hodge biography

Click here for Hodge press reviews

© Carol Hodge 2020
Photography by A Supreme Shot, Mike Bennett