The Pigeon Detectives are clued up with new album

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They had six Top 40 hits between 2006 and 2008, from I Found Out to This Is An Emergency. Now The Pigeon Detectives return with their fourth album, We Met At Sea.

Released at the end of April, the album is the Leeds band’s first release under new label, Cooking Vinyl.

The Pigeon Detectives

The Pigeon Detectives

It was recorded at home in Leeds by the band who had previously ventured to Wales and New York to record previous albums.

The album opener, Animal, was given away by the band as a free download back in January.

Frontman Matt Bowman says: ‘Animal is one of those songs that we knew would work well in front of a live audience, as soon as we started writing it.

‘It’s an exciting tune with a raw sinister edge to it, but it still retains all the catchiness usually associated with The Pigeon Detectives.

‘We all agreed it was the song to set our stall out with and the in your face guitars is a statement of intent.’

Animal is also the track that The Pigeons entered for the FA’s Battle of the Bands search to find an official FA Cup Anthem for this season’s competition.

They made it through to the six shortlisted acts, alongside Lethal Bizzle, Devlin, The Twang, The Enemy and eventual winners Reverend And The Makers, who will play at the FA cup final tomorrow.

The Pigeons have sold more than half a million albums (and had Paul McCartney tapping his feet to their tunes) in the last nine years.

They’ll be celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2014, but have said they won’t be playing a special gig on the date of their first ever show, but taking time out to reminisce together instead.

The Pigeon Detectives close their current UK tour with a sold out show at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea tomorrow with support from Must and Hares from 8pm.