The Boys of Birmingham

Steel Pulse motors on in the face of reggae adversity

"We don't want guys walking around the stage with walking sticks," he says laughing. "Rock groups can get away with that, but we don't want to be on the oldies night."

In England, hip-hop and garage have become the popular forms of music, and Hinds doesn't think the band has much vitality left in its own country.

David Hinds, looking dapper and dready as always
David Hinds, looking dapper and dready as always

"People aren't listening to reggae that much in England," he says. "It's all garage music. Dizzee Rascal and whatnot. I understand things change, and to be honest, I'm happy to see any black act making a dent in this music industry, because it was hell for us. Twenty-five or 30 years ago, it was rough."

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