Tuesday, 28 February 2017


THE PIGEON DETECTIVES just released their 5th studio album.
THE PIGEON DETECTIVES have now been together for well over 10 years as they formed back in 2002.
Compromised of Matt Bowman (lead vocalist), Oliver Main (guitarist), Ryan Wilson (guitarist) Dave Best (bassist) and Jimmi Naylor (drummer) this band first met during secondary school, all aged 12.
During an enjoyable metaphoric rise in Leeds a few years later, this they signed to local label Dance to the Radio, which was followed by them selling over half a million records with their debut album 'Wait for Me'.
Now, around 14 years later they have just realised their 5th album 'Broken Glances' which follows their platinum selling album 'Wait for Me,' their gold selling album 'Emergency,' third album 'Up Guards and At Em,' (all of which were released through Dance to the Radio) and their fourth album 'We Met at Sea' which was released through Cooking Vinyl Records.
They are soon to be heading out on both a UK and a European tour.
The first song from this album which was released is 'Sounding the Alarm'. A track in which the 'bluster energy in the band's previous material' is contradicted with a 'subtle almost-whispered vocal floating over a pulsating synth and sparse electronic beat, echoing a 'Get Ready' - era New Order. The song is a perfect example of how he band's new material challenged their previous approach to studio records. The track features layers of synth lines building towards and epic coda of driving guitars behind the chorus line 'All along you were sounding the alarm.'
'Broken Glances' is a more eclectic LP than previous albums and was recorded with Richard Formby; a producer associated with bands like indie crooners Wild Beasts, leftfield London vocalist Ghostpoet and 'mind-expanding synth pioneers' Spaceman 3. It was also (like the first three albums) released via Dance to the Radio.
Speaking about the move to work with a more leftfield producer singer Matt Bowman says 'We wanted to work with someone that would challenge us in the studio and put us out of our comfort zone, not let us take any easy ways out with songs. Richard did this and made us change our approach completely from previous records. We ended up ditching a lot of tunes that had a sound that could have been on the first albums as a result.'

When touching on the themes of the album Matt explains the shift in the band's outlook: 'We've spent a decade writing songs for our fans, songs they could scream out loud to and go wild to at gigs! On this album we felt we owed it to them to actually deliver something real that documents the journey we've all been on together. With this record we sat back from it a bit and it created more freedom to write without any kind of agenda, and with more emotional ups and downs across the album. That's why these songs don't necessarily smack you straight in the face like previous albums. But if you listen hard enough and take some time over the record..you'll realise it's an ode to everyone that's ever bought an album or turned up to a show". You can purchase or stream 'Broken Glances' here.
Album Artwork.
As this quartet have following every album release, they are heading off on a UK tour. You can buy tickets for these shows here however please note some of these shows are sold out - check list below. During this they shall be playing:
Whelan's, Dublin - 2nd March.
Limelight 2, Belfast - 3rd March.
SOLD OUT - Electric Circus, Edinburgh - 4th March - support from Franklin.
Stereo, Glasgow - 5th March - support from Franklin.
The Leadmill, Sheffield - 7th March - support from Franklin and The Tiny Minds.
O2 Institute 2, Birmingham - 8th March - support from Franklin and Auto Pilot.
SOLD OUT - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham - 9th March - support from Franklin and Auto Pilot.
SOLD OUT - Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent - 10th March - support from Franklin and The Tiny Minds.
SOLD OUT - Gorilla, Manchester - 11th March - support from Franklin and The Tiny Minds.
Thekla, Bristol  - 13th March - support from Franklin and Nobodies Birthday.
Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth - 14th March - support from Franklin and Nobodies Birthday.
Electricn Ballroom, London - 15th March - support from Franklin and Nobodies Birthday.
They shall also be playing Live at Leeds Festival on the 29th April - tickets here.
As well as this, The Pigeon Detectives, are going to be embarking on a European tour (dates and venues on poster below). You can buy your tickets for the Paris date here, for the Utrecht date here, for the Amsterdam date here, for the Germany dates here and for the Destne date here.
 Written by Sophie.

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