As It Is’ is the brand new single from BBC London supported Glenn Hodge Banned. You can hear the track at : https://soundcloud.com/glenn-hodge/as-it-is/s-Mi6TEc6kWvu
Urban folk…is that a genre? 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 and what he does 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.
Glenn says of his musical self “I think of myself as a folk singer but many do not. Maybe alternative folk would better describe my bastardization of the genre? Reviewers have described my lyrics as thought-provoking and my musicianship energetic and I guess this song lives up to that.  I was apprehensive about releasing ‘As It Is’ as my next single as it might just hit too close to home with what is happening around the world right now. But, it’s is a song about unity, and as there isn’t much chance to play my new record on stage right now, so I wanted to give folks the chance to hear it.
Previous releases have seen a mix of the thoughtful and playful is ever present in his 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 whet the appetite for what was to come. A working-class ethos formed 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 “C U Next Tuesday”, dealing with the gauntlet that is the morning commute and the intense frustration of a working life free from fulfilment”
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