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The Pigeon Detectives - We Met At Sea Album Review


We Met At Sea claims to hear The Pigeon Detectives abandon their 'polished indie-rock for something more plugged in, unpredictable and real'. And that statement just about sums the album up: confused and at a loss for ideas. The Pigeon Detectives' careless tales of lust and lost love were never 'polished'. We Met At Sea sees the Indie quintet trying to relinquish the unrefined and unpolished appeal that gave them their identity in the first place. What's left is an unmemorable album that's more of the same with less originality.

The Pigeon Detectives - We Met At Sea Album Review

It's understandable though, why The Pigeon Detectives are trying something different. It's been six years since Wait For Me (2007) reached number three in the album charts. Yet in trying to produce a record that's more 'plugged in', they've turned out something that's too soft and diluted for a one-time grimy indie band. The hooks aren't what they once were and their album yearns to be something different and 'unpredictable'.

The album does have its positives. There are elements of We Met At Sea that remind you of The Pigeons of old. Some of the songs have that live energy which so many bands try to capture on record. The lyrics are simple and trigger the imagination. The lines in I Won't Come Back depict the downfall of a love-struck teenager wearing drain pipes. Unforgettable captures the ecstasy and tribulations of a turbulent love affair.  There's pessimism, regret and a young arrogance. It's what The Pigeon Detectives are all about. 

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Live At Leeds Announce First Wave Of Bands For 2013: Rudimental, The Staves, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood, The 1975 And Much More


Live At Leeds AlunaGeorge Darwin Deez Everything Everything Rudimental King Krule Laura Mvula Swim Deep The 1975 Unknown Mortal Orchestra Jagwar Ma The Neighbourhood Department M Peace The Pigeon Detectives The Staves Tribes Theme Park Wave Machines Joe Banfi Little Comets

Live At Leeds - the metropolitan music festival held annually across a variety of venues in Leeds on the first bank holiday weekend of May - has just added some huge bands to its roster. 

Indie fans better take note, as just a portion of the line up includes Rudimental, Everything Everything, The Pigeon Detectives, The Vaccines, Tribes, AlunaGeorge, The Staves, Darwin Deez, Little Comets, King Krule, Laura Mvula, Swim Deep, The 1975 and Peace. LAL continues to enforce its remit of pushing local bands to the fore while providing national acts to draw in the crowds. It's a real music lover's affair, and this year looks set to carry on the tradition. And with tickets from just £22.50, it's affordable too. 

The Pigeon Detectives - having just announced album number 4, Rudimental - will look to bring their uncompromising brand of indie to the proceedings, while The Vaccines will be playing a separate ticketed event on the Sunday of Live at Leeds with special support from TOY and more names to be added.

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The Pigeon Detectives - Let's Talk About Sex (Interview)


The Pigeon Detectives - Lost


The Pigeon Detectives' new single, Lost, will be released on August 15th 2011, through the label 'Dance to the Radio'. It will be their second single from their third studio album 'Up, Guards And At 'Em!' that was recorded in New York with producer Justin Gerrish. This is the follow up single to 'Done In Secret' released in April.

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The Pigeon Detectives, Done In Secret Single Review


Having had a string of hit singles from their 2007 record 'Wait For Me', Yorkshire outfit The Pigeon Detectives didn't quite find the same commercial success with following year's 'This Is An Emergency'. Now readying their third album, 'Up, Guards And At 'em!', for release in April, they return with this single and are on tour throughout the UK from the end of March.

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The Pigeon Detectives - Done In Secret


Having had a string of hit singles from their 2007 record 'Wait For Me', Yorkshire outfit The Pigeon Detectives didn't quite find the same commercial success with following year's 'This Is An Emergency'. Now readying their third album, 'Up, Guards And At 'em!', for release in April, they return with this single and are on tour throughout the UK from the end of March.

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Picture - Matt Bowman of The Pigeon... , Friday 6th June 2008

The Pigeon Detectives and Brixton Academy Friday 6th June 2008 Matt Bowman of The Pigeon Detectives performing live at The Brixton Academy London, England

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The Pigeon Detectives and Brixton Academy

Picture - Matt Bowman Brighton, England, Tuesday 3rd June 2008

The Pigeon Detectives - Matt Bowman Brighton, England - The Pigeon Detectives performing at the Brighton Dome Tuesday 3rd June 2008

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The Pigeon Detectives, This Is An Emergency Single Review


Read a review for The Pigeon Detectives single This Is An Emergency released on Dance To The Radio.

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The Pigeon Detectives, Emergency Dance To The Radio Album Review


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Emergency
Dance To The Radio
Album Review

The Pigeon Detectives are set to release 'the difficult' second album 'Emergency' nearly a year after the release of their brilliant debut album 'Wait For Me'. These guys obviously are not in the mood to hang around or just live off the success of the first album.

It does go to show that bands can be a success even with an independent record label giving them a chance and The Pigeons have Dance To The Radio to thank for that.

The album kicks off with the Single and title track 'This Is An Emergency' and on the speed that the album was produced it was somewhat of an emergency. A decent tune to state that you are back in the folds of things, although to be fair it doesn't seem like they have been away.

One of the things about The Pigeon Detectives is that they always know how to produce that killer sing a long track. With spiralling guitar riffs a and Matt showing that even after all that touring he is still on top form, 'I'm Not Gonna Take This' is surely going to be a favourite on the current live tour. This along with 'She's Gone' will go down a storm. 'She's Gone' being a fast upbeat, jump up and down like a mad man tune.

When you are good a churning out fast, upbeat sing a long tunes why on earth would you do a boring slow, dull acoustic song? It just doesn't make any sense and 'Nothing To Do With You' is good advice just hit the forward key and ignore this one! Luckily that is the only acoustic tune and hopefully the boys have got that out of their system.

The album continues thankfully in true Pigeon Detectives style, back to the sing along tunes 'Say It Like You Mean It' and 'Love You For A Day (Hate You For A Week)' The award for the most ironic song title of the day goes to..

... BIG PAUSE.

. 'Making Up The Numbers' confused? You will be, this track does everything bar making up the numbers, has to be one of the best tracks on the album, so there you have the irony.

The one thing about this album is that any track wouldn't be out of place on the first one, which if you loved is great. BUT oh yes there is always a but, it just seems that The Pigeon Detectives haven't really progressed or tried something else different. You could say that the guys have played it safe. Still this is a good album; just a bit to similar to their debut.

Mark Moore

3/5

The Pigeon Detectives, Video Interview


The Pigeon Detectives - Video Interview

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Video Interview

The Pigeon Detectives have come along way in the past year! This time last year, their debut album 'Wait For Me' - and the 4 hit singles following its release - hadn't even come out, less than a year later The Pigeon Detectives release 'Emergency.' The band recorded 'Emergency' in Monnow Valley in Wales with producer Stephen Street. We caught up with Matt before their recent gig at The Cockpit in Leeds to have a chat about the new album, their tour and this years festivals!

In May the band go on tour throughout the UK, most of the dates are fully sold out but there's tickets available for a handful of dates.

3rd May Leeds , Millennium Square SOLD OUT
4th May Leeds, Millennium Square SOLD OUT
13th May Dublin, Ambassador Theatre 0818719300 (?23 Tickets)
14th May Belfast, Mandella Hall SOLD OUT
16th May Glasgow, Academy SOLD OUT
17th May Glasgow, Academy SOLD OUT
18th May Newcastle, Academy SOLD OUT
19th May Lincoln, Engine Shed SOLD OUT
21st May Sheffield, Academy SOLD OUT
22nd May Manchester, Apollo SOLD OUT
23rd May Manchester, Apollo SOLD OUT
24th May Cambridge, Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
26th ¬May Southend, Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135
27th May Portsmouth, Guildhall 02392 824355
28th May Bristol, Academy SOLD OUT
29th May Plymouth, Pavilion SOLD OUT
31st ¬May Bridlington, Spa SOLD OUT
1st June Birmingham, Academy SOLD OUT
2ndJune Birmingham, Academy SOLD OUT
3rdJune Brighton, Dome 01273 709709
5th¬June Newport, Centre 01633 656757
6th¬June London, Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
7th¬June London, Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

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