Big Special Share New Single, ‘Desperate Breakfast’. 

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Today, BIG SPECIAL share their new single, ‘DESPERATE BREAKFAST’, a wall of sound built by percussion and synths that lays out the next chapter of the band’s career. Following on from this Summer’s ‘THIS HERE AIN’T WATER’, which went straight to the top of the BBC 6 Music A-list, ‘DESPERATE BREAKFAST’ kicks against the ‘put up and shut up’ mentality that is broadcasted under the impression of character building.

On ‘DESPERATE BREAKFAST’, BIG SPECIAL take listeners on a walk down collapsing small-town high streets, capturing the exhaustion that is creased when living pay cheque to pay cheque. Of the track, vocalist Joe Hicklin states:

’DESPERATE BREAKFAST’ is about that first meal of the day you have to force down before you drag yourself to the job you don’t want in the place you don’t want to be and the normality of having no choice but to take part In that seemingly infinite routine. It is also in part about the similar cycle that occurs in unemployment. Either way, the morning brings desperation.

The track arrives alongside its accompanying music video, created alongside Birmingham creative, Tat Vision. 

BIG SPECIAL will continue their touring throughout September and October, before heading out on a headline tour in the UK in December – of which the London and Birmingham dates are already sold out. 

Big Special EU & UK Tour Dates

  • 21 Sept – Reeperbahn Festival, DE
  • 14 Oct – Live At Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
  • 19 Oct – Oslo, London, UK (supporting Benefits)
  • 20 Oct – Altstadt (Hit The City), Eindhoven, NL
  • 21 Oct – Left Of The Dial Festival, Rotterdam, NL
  • 28 Oct – London Calling Festival, Rotterdam, NL
  • Nov 15 – The Great Escape First Fifty (Headline), Moth Club, London, UK
  • Nov 24 – The Granary Arts Cafe, Nantwich, UK (in support of Mind Charity)
  • 11 Dec – The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
  • 12 Dec – The Bodega, Nottingham, UK
  • 13 Dec – Oporto, Leeds, UK
  • 14 Dec – The Lexington, London, UK – SOLD OUT
  • 15 Dec – Hare & Hounds 2, Birmingham, UK – SOLD OUT
  • 16 Dec – Yes (The Basement), Manchester, UK
  • 05 Jan – Rockaway Beach Festival, Bognor Regis, UK

The new track follows on from previous single THIS HERE AIN’T WATER, via SO Recordings. Thrashing drums and howling vocals team up on the track, which premiered on BBC6 Music with Steve Lamacq last night. 

Speaking of the track, the duo state:

It’s basically an inward sermon when you’re stuck in your head egging yourself on about how rough times feel. It’s about media and politics. It’s about self-medication. It’s about a lack of options. It’s about the thinning of the common understanding between the social classes of England, and feeling stuck, watching it all happen.

The track follows on from the release of SHITHOUSE which received support from the likes of DORK, UPSET, The Line of Best Fit, Already Heard and BBC6 Music. Big Special are set to play at 2000 Trees festival this Summer, alongside sets with Soul Glo, and Creep Show. 

Katie Macbeth

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Katie Macbeth is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre based out of Manchester, presenter of @drunktankthink, and post punk enthusiast.

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