2-Tone ska icons The Specials released Encore, their first album in nearly 40 years, back in 2019, and they're not waiting as long to make another one. Protest Songs 1924 - 2012 will be out September 24 via Island Records. The album features "twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off!" It seems like a perfect fit for a group who have never shied away from cover songs or letting people know what they think.
The album includes their versions of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows," Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up," Malvina Reynolds' "I Don't Mind Failing In This World" and "I Live in a City," Frank Zappa's "Trouble Every Day," Talking Heads "Listening Wind," Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians' "Fuck All The Perfect People," and more. Check out the tracklist below.