Stanley Odd – Glasgow – live review

Stanley Odd
Stereo, Glasgow
20 September 2012

Live review

Sometimes weird, always sharp Stanley Odd mix beats, loops and samples with guitar and rap provactive, incisive lyrics.

Joe Whyte catches them in Glasgow and wonders – are they the most important band in the UK today? 

Touring in support of new album Reject, Stanley Odd hit Glasgow on a storm-lashed, wet night. Stereo is filling up nicely, but surprisingly for a holiday weekend, remains short of capacity.

Openers Kayce One And Toni Smoke struggle with a dreadful, muffled sound and some amateurish banter. Back to the bedroom, boys.

Stanley Odd have most definitely benefited from a hectic touring schedule. Tight, focused and immediately on it, they set the room a-bouncing from the off.

I meet rapper Dave Hook on the stairs just before stage time and his wired, infectious energy seems to be affecting all around him.

If you’ve not come across them, Stanley Odd are a proper live band augmented with loops, samples and beats. The economic, slashing guitar of Scruff Lee slices through the tightly wound, jazzy basslines and walloping drums. Hitting the groove straight away, we’re taken on a trip through the sometimes weird, always sharp, Stanley Odd-world.

Dave spits out scything lyrics that touch on the politics, the people and the parties he encounters. His self-effacing way with a couplet is witty, incisive and barbed; Stanley Odd see the injustice and madness around them and rip into it with aplomb.

The band looks as if their having a great old time, throwing rock shapes and careening around the stage. Hook is a grinning, bouncing livewire with a real charisma and likeability that the crowd embrace.

Vocalist Veronica Electronica coils herself round the mic stand exuding a real sassy, sexy charm that belies her diminutive size.

Antiheroics is a rolling, thundering monster. Leading the crowd in the chorus, Dave’s easy rapport is at odds with the songs provocative lyrics. Winter Of Discontent is another searing, angry treatise on the state of the nation, with bleeping, squelching loops beneath the power chords and tightly wound rhythm section.

Leading the band into Think Of A Number, Hook looks like a man whose lottery numbers have come up. Gazing around, he clearly is in a little bit of awe at the sublime power of the disparate bunch of misfits who make up Stanley Odd.

Think Clash-style political savvy, Michael Franti’s soul-scorching wordplay, Gil Scott-Heron‘s gritty eloquence mixed with an irresistible dancefloor groove and you’re still not close.

Life affirming, genuine and so 21st Century it hurts. Stanley Odd. The most important band in the UK right now? I think so.

All words by Joe Whyte. You can read more from Joe on LTW here.

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Joe Whyte is guitarist with punk rockin' Johnny Cash tribute Jericho Hill and reformed 70's punks Reaction. He has formerly played with End Result, Reverend Snakehips Country Messiahs, God-Fearing Atheists and many, many other failed attempts at rock notoriety. Joe also writes for Vive Le Rock and Louder Than War magazine. He lives in Glasgow and in his other less glamorous life works in mental health.


  1. How can you even mention Gil Scott-Heron, in your comparison to Stanley Odd???? And Clash style political savvy?? What an insult to Gill and the Clash though. Come on!

  2. Hi Jim thanks for the nice words regarding us ….. But you failed to spot that gasp and depths were the two with the muffled sound please correct your mistake


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