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Black Country duo, Big Special, announce their highly-anticipated debut album, Post Industrial Hometown Blues, which is set for release May 10th via SO Recordings. Accompanying the announcement, the duo have shared the album’s lead single – ‘Dust Off / Start Again’, their first new material of 2024. 

Arriving on the heels of a sold-out winter UK headline tour, ‘DUST OFF / START AGAIN’ is a powerful track, exploring the impact of failed government policies on a generation losing their sense of ownership. It encourages the idea of starting over after a setback, whilst challenging the notion of life as a never-ending cycle of building oneself up and then being knocked back down again. 

Of the single, lead vocalist Joe Hicklin states:

‘DUST OFF / START AGAIN’ is a bolt of cursed vomit, spewed into a stewpot of English class issues regarding housing, ownership, mental illness, appropriation and human rights. It’s about the disregard for the common man. And how it is expected of anyone, regardless of their situation, to carry on, struggle through and go to work.

He continues, ‘It’s about how the privileged and powerful attempt to define, debate and justify the social positions of all whilst the ideals of our governing systems are pressed upon the working-class youth, so that they quietly accept their role as a commodity and place blame on each other, as they wave the flag that keeps them down.”

Post Industrial Hometown Blues is an album set out to offer no answers but is an open, honest expression of being working-class in modern-day England. 

In support of the album, Big Special are set to head out on a huge UK and Europe tour this spring, including performances at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, and Reading & Leeds Festivals this Summer. 

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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