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Words are not to be taken for granted. Especially when they’re being bellowed, full blast, by a broad-shouldered poet with the brimstone fire of a preacher and the honesty and wisdom of a layman, over ground-shaking live beats and between anthemic blasts of melody and rousing riffage.  

Words matter. History matters. People matter. And BIG SPECIAL matter.  

For BIG SPECIAL – Joe Hicklin (vocals) and Callum Moloney (drums) – their sound is one that comes from vital, frustrated young working-class voices that don’t always get heard on the scale they should do. It’s a frustration that comes to the fore through a voice that is at times coarse and raw, but sensitive, desperate and soulful at others. Hicklin’s brimstone-fired voice marches from guttural punk barks and serrated spoken word to soaring soul and back again, arriving siphoned from their forebears, crushed under the weight of history, and retooled for a new generation. It’s wrought, raw and angry at a world lacking options, the thinning of the common understanding between the social classes of England, exasperation at repeating cycles, and the feeling that you’re watching your own life unfold from the outside.  

These are songs that channel that voice you hear when you look in the mirror and see your true self – fight songs for a world gone wrong. 


“a brilliant new voice in British punk” – The Telegraph

BIG SPECIAL’s deft knack for combining moving spoken word with incendiary soundscapes is unparalleled.” – DORK

“BIG SPECIAL make vulnerable, soulful punk that needs to be heard” – NME

“They’re not the sort of act you forget in a hurry” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music 

“Fantastic poetry, powerful songwriting and a texture of sound you’re just not going to hear any place else.” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music