Ever since Stanley Odd first formed after meeting amid the Scottish capital’s close-knit, genre-blurring music scene, their foremost weapon has been the awesomely eloquent, densely patterned yet unerringly incisive wordcraft of emcee Solareye, aka Dave Hook. His mix of searing anger, subversive humour, sharp-eyed observation and stubborn optimism often targets current social/political issues, skewering topics from the ConDem coalition to Scottish independence in thrillingly kaleidoscopic tirades, declamations and exhortations, all underpinned by Everyman humility.

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