In the music of Glenn Hodge, we find an honesty and passion that is all too rare. This isn’t music written for the A+R department, it’s relevant, resonant and dynamic, both musically and lyrically. His EP Iconoclast stands up as a truly exciting debut offering.
In true independent style Glenn went along and ambushed the latest Libertines gig in London...
Painting a vivid picture of the urban experience, Hodge's new EP Iconoclast gives us an insight into London life, both inside and outside the home. From subtle and delicate songs on the nature of love and relationships, to broader themes, and social commentary, his work goes from strength to strength both musically and lyrically.
Born in Ashford, Kent and raised in the flat lands of East Anglia, Glenn made the journey south in search of a stage. London became the backdrop for an ever expanding body of work. Alternating between one man shows, and collaborations with a group of musical misfits, Glenn's live performances are ever changing, but universally powerful. The live experience has been the principal aspect of Glenn's musical outlook with recordings acting as a snapshot of musical moments. And these recordings are all the stronger for it.
A mix of the thoughtful and playful is ever present in Hodge's work. Songs full of energy, catchy and emotive in equal measure showcase his unique talent. 2014 saw the release of his first single. Faces on Tables which demonstrates this combination of thought provoking lyrics, and energetic musicianship. This single release, with accompanying video whets the appetite for what is to come.
A working class ethos forms the backdrop for Hodge's EP Iconoclast. An irreverent take on the slog that is urban life for a great many Londoners can be found in "Ignoramus" and "CU Next tuesday", dealing with the gauntlet that is the morning commute and the intense frustration of a working life free from fulfillment.
It's not difficult to find an empathy for the themes and thoughts on display. An eloquent everyman tackling issues to which we can all relate. Whilst romance is far from absent, tired and trite romanticism is thankfully nowhere to be seen. Be it the thoughtful treatment of his own chosen Genre in "English Folk" or the nature of personal relationships and the home life, there is an honesty and an abundance of passion on display.