Leeds legends The Pigeon Detectives returned last week with their new Richard Formby produced fifth record ‘Broken Glances’ and they follow it up with a sold out Edinburgh show at our beloved and sadly soon to be gone, Electric Circus.
Sad as it may be, the demise of a much-loved local venue, what a great way to kick off its farewell month with a gig from such a highly regarded live band.
In a year in which many of our favourite indie bands have bowed out or taken an extended break (The Maccabees, The Enemy, Bombay Bicycle Club), it’s refreshing to see The Pigeon Detectives still giving it their all for their loyal fan base.
New single ‘Enemy Lines’ is as good as anything they’ve done previously and introduces a more eclectic and mature sound, whilst still managing to sound distinctively like the band which is incredibly difficult to do.
The album as a whole sees the band alter their writing style and focus on themes of reflection, particularly on the past 10 years of the band.
Singer Matt Bowman explains: “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.”
If you were lucky enough to get tickets to see them on Saturday night, we’ll see you down the front. If not, you can catch them at another date on their tour.
4th EDINBURGH, Electric Circus
5th GLASGOW, Stereo
7th SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
8th BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute 2
9th NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
10th STOKE, Sugarmill
11th MANCHESTER, Gorilla
13th BRISTOL, Thekla
14th PORTSMOUTH, Wedgewood Rooms
15th LONDON, Electric Ballroom