David Rovics is a rare thing, an unashamedly politically charged singer/songwriter. For the most part he aims his guitar at corporations, governments, injustice and hypocrisy and lets fly, taking his cues from ‘Masters of War’ era Dylan updated, suffused with punched punk rhythms and tight acoustic licks. Songs about Palestine, Bradley Manning and Somali pirates hit the mark, but what silenced the audience at the Adelphi tonight were a couple of lovesongs – aching, tender and all the more touching in contrast to the politics.
I hadn't seen or heard Rovics before tonight's show (promoted by Hull's Off The Road collective) but I hope I’ll be seeing him again. If you get the chance, catch him around the UK. His songs of hope, love and revolution have a direct line to the 21st century's conscience and we need that now more than ever.
To find out more, check out http://davidrovics.com/