Interview - The Pigeon Detectives
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Leeds’ Pigeon Detectives were one of the most energetic and interesting indie bands in the mid-noughties. After initial success in 2006 with their debut album Wait For Me (a number 3 hit and now platinum seller), and with five number one hits in the UK indie chart under their belts (the most successful being 'I’m Not Sorry' which also reached number 12 in the UK singles chart) – the band seemingly disappeared without a trace. Where have The Pigeon Detectives been? All this seemed irrelevant when the boys took to the Main Stage at this year’s Reading/Leeds Festival – it was like they had never been away. ‘It was an amazing atmosphere, we’d been to Leeds [festival] in the past as punters and it’s an event we view as very important so we wanted to give it everything. The owner of the festival watched us at Reading and Leeds; he said we had an incredible crowd for our time slot,’ explained guitarist Ryan Wilson. Back with a new album Up, Guards and At ‘Em! (their third studio album) they are once again turning heads. The album was recorded in New York with producer Justin Gerrish, who has worked with the likes of Muse, Vampire Weekend, Bon Jovi and Mark Ronson. Wilson explained, “Spending two months in New York was an amazing experience.” “We took a bit longer on the new album and were able to be selective with the songs we chose.” The new record sees them departing slightly from their signature indie-guitar sound introducing keyboards and synthesisers to fill out their sound, and taking them in a new direction.
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