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Released: 10.05.24







For the past 20-ish years, there’s been an interesting sub-genre in British music combining electronic beats and loud guitars, whilst gelling together punk/ska spirit, hip-hop influences and spoken word. 

Big Special join us at the second, or even third, wave of this sound, with Postindustrial Hometown Blues being a loud and angry album that flits across indie/punk/grime/soul/hip-hop genres with a nice kaleidoscope effect. If I was being harsh I’d say it defines the sound of their predecessors, but doesn’t offer much originality. Although, it’s a definite attempt to meld modern music and modern angst into the type of wall-of-sound needed to soundtrack societal confusion and upset. The reality is that it’s somewhere in the middle; edgy, angry, loud, soulful but occasionally lacking an original sound.


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