Following two top five albums, five top 40 singles, various memorable festival appearances and one prestigious sell-out show at London’s Alexandra Palace, The Pigeon Detectives decided to take a rather well deserved sabbatical, temporarily bowing out of the industry back in 2008.
After releasing their first two albums – Wait For Me (2007) and Emergency (2008) – in quick fire succession and to widespread critical acclaim, the quintet from Yorkshire decided to return to their homeland of Leeds to recharge, regroup and begin work on their highly anticipated next chapter.
Frontman and lead vocalist Alex Bowman admits that the band’s first two albums may have felt a little rushed, jumping fully on the ‘sound of the moment’ bandwagon along with similar groups such as The Kaiser Chiefs and The Enemy.
Alex sees their third effort, Up, Guards And At ’Em, as more of a full bodied and mature piece of work.
‘The first album felt like a collection of singles and the second one was more a case of putting out what we had at the time. This time, there was a lot more quality effort, Up, Guards And At ’Em,
Taking a trip across the pond to soak up the enlightening city of New York, the band spent two months drawing influence from the sights, sounds and general creative spirit of their newly found environment and laying down the majority of the album alongside the mixer of Vampire Weekend’s Contra – Justin Gerrish.
The current single, She Wants Me, showcases the new suave electro rhythms and scintillating guitar riffs.
These are just a couple of the ingredients thrown into the album’s tasty new recipe, alongside the band’s trademark colourful lyrical content.
n The Pigeon Detectives come to The Wedgewood Rooms on Albert Road tomorrow as part of their UK Tour. The gig is sold out but you can catch them on main stage at this year’s Reading Festival. For tickets, see readingfestival.com/2011/tickets.