2007 - 2021

Saturday night at The Howff with Shears, Jackal Trades and Stanley Odd

howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub.

This week in The Howff we welcome Shears with her new single, preview Jackal Trades forthcoming album and Scottish hip-hop legends Stanley Odd‘s third lockdown single.

Edinburgh-based Rebecca ‘SHEARS‘ Shearing became quite the internet sensation at a young age. Recording her own stripped back versions of popular songs for Youtube, she clocked up an amazing 30 million views and 170,000 subscribers! She rejected the inevitable offers of deals to concentrate on studying popular music in Edinburgh. Through her studies she met and worked with Dave Hook from Stanley Odd and met her current collaborator and producer Samson.

Shears debut EP When You’re Around is out now! It includes brand new single ‘When You’re Around’, written about the positives about being alone.



for more on Shears and to support her work visit – https://www.imshears.com/

Jackal Trades is an alternative underground act that merges electro and hip hop influences to deliver lyrical storytelling with impact. They have released their 2nd album ‘Trip Hazard Advisor’  after launching it at the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom and will next week launch ‘Scottish Album of the Year’ . The band were nominated for ‘Best Hip Hop’ at this year’s SAMA awards and just supported U.S rap icons Sage Francis and B Dolan on their recent UK tour and also shared the bill with The Mouse Outfit , The Moods and The Mickey 9s.

Fronted by Mark McG, who some may know from The Girobabies, This project focuses on big beats and punchlines that mash between the satirical and the surreal. Since the debut release of ‘Need the Character (S)’ in 2016 , the band have been regulars of the festival circuit playing the likes of Kelburn Garden Party, Audio Soup and Knockengorroch whilst touring venues from Inverness to Brighton.

‘Setting the Scene (On Fire)’ is taken from the ‘Trip Hazard Advisor’ L.P  which is out now on Bandcamp: https://bit.ly/34SQh7D and Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3gPgo1y

‘Scottish Album of the Year’ is coming soon…

For more information and to support the work of Jackal Trades http://jackaltrades.bandcamp.com


Scottish hip-hop collective Stanley Odd’s video for new single KILLSWITCH released today sees them collaborate with legendary Glaswegian graffiti artist Oh Pandah. Oh Pandah is the artist behind the famous ‘Big Heids’ graffiti which have been brightening up urban spaces across Glasgow from motorway underpasses to shop fronts and Sauchiehall Street.

Solareye, front man of Stanley Odd, said: “It was great to collaborate with Panda. His artwork forms an important part of Glasgow’s cityscape and his posts on the purpose of street art and the impact it has on people’s experiences of the city are really thoughtful. Gareth at Danger Kill Production did a great job of capturing all that.”

The video showcases Oh Pandah creating a unique Stanley Odd ‘Big Heid’ on the boarded up front of Glasgow’s much loved music venue the ABC set to front man Solareye taking a jaded stroll through the now. World-weary and drowsy, Solareye drifts in and out of focus – from topic to topic – dissecting the world at large.

KILLSWITCH is the third track to be released from the band since lockdown began.



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  1. Martin Meteyard says:

    Great track from Stanley Odd.

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