“We’ve called it ‘post bloke’, ‘dog disco’, ‘comfy goth’, and ‘ramble core’ in the past,” say Big Special. None of those names quite fit what Birmingham’s Joe Hicklin and Callum Maloney do, which is blend punchy anthemic pop and spoken word with earthquaking working class anger, to Sleaford Mods-ish effect. The pair played in bands over a decade ago, drifted apart, and got back in touch over the pandemic, and their debut album Postindustrial Hometown Blues arrives in late spring.

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