Track: Big Special – Butcher’s Bin

Isaac Watson

Big Special have shared a new track titled ‘Butcher’s Bin’ which follows on from the band’s lead single ‘Dust Off / Start Again’. Both are taken from their highly-anticipated debut album Postindustrial Hometown Blues which is set for release on the 10th of May via SO Recordings. The track comes with the news of the band’s biggest London headline show to date at The Forum in November, as well as a tour in support of Placebo through South America in March.

Lead singer Joe Hicklin had the following to say about the new song ‘Butcher’s Bin’:

“Butcher’s Bin is about class awareness and the realisation that the working classes are used as nothing but a commodity and set against each other at every turn, their existence trivialised and struggles denied; the off cuts tossed to feed the rabid hounds of neoliberalism. 
The song is about all of this from the perspective of declining mental health whilst trying to make a living as an artist and to break through in a time and place where a life In art is seen as a luxury granted to those of a higher social class or a fruitless pursuit for idealistic fools.”

It’s poetry, it’s anger, it’s phenomenal passion filled drumming, all delivered in an absorbing direct way. The verses have a cold urban feel, broken slightly by shimmering synths and a hymn style vocal in the middle 8. The whole track has a religious preaching about it, one that many people should be listening to. 2024 is going to be their year.

Find out more via the bands Website or Facebook

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Tickets on sale now here.


03 Apr – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK (DIY Now & Next tour)
04 Apr – Bullingdon, Oxford, UK (DIY Now & Next tour)
05 Apr – Yellow Arch Studio, Sheffield, UK (DIY Now & Next tour)
06 Apr – Green Door Store, Brighton, UK (DIY Now & Next tour)
07 Apr – Joiners, Southampton, UK (DIY Now & Next tour)
12 Apr – New Century Hall, Manchester, UK (supp. Antony Szmierek)
13 Apr – Lafayette, London, UK (supp. Antony Szmierek)


07 May – District, Liverpool, UK
08 May – The Key Club, Leeds, UK
09 May – XOYO, Birmingham, UK
10 May – King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
12 May – Strange Brew, Bristol, UK
16 May – Jazz Café, London, UK
17 May – Horatio’s, Brighton, UK (The Great Escape 2024)
18 May – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
20 May – Kasbah Club, Limerick, Ireland
21 May – Workman’s Cellar, Dublin, Ireland
22 May – Ulster Sports Bar, Belfast, Norther Ireland
24 May – Netherlands, Den Haag, Zwarte Ruiter (Sniester Festival)
26 May – Bearded Theory Festival, Derbyshire, UK
27 May – Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam, Netherlands
28 May – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
30 May – Block Party Festival, Paris, France
31 May – Vestrock, Hulst, Netherlands


01 Jun – Dauwpop Festival, Hellendoorn, Netherlands


26 Jul – Low Festival, Benidorm, Spain
28 Jul – Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK


23 Aug – Reading Festival, Reading, UK
24 Aug – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK

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  1. […] Hometown Blues, due on the 10th of May via SO Recordings. The track follows on from ‘Butchers Bin‘ and the first single ‘Dust off / Start […]

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