Break helped to solve any issues with self belief

The Pigeon Detectives are eager to hit the road again for a full UK tour after  a two-year break in support of their new album We Met At Sea
The Pigeon Detectives are eager to hit the road again for a full UK tour after a two-year break in support of their new album We Met At Sea
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It was playing at pubs up and down the country where Pigeon Detectives cut their teeth.

So, it’s not surprising that, after a two-year hiatus, the band is eager to hit the road again as part of a full UK tour.

And of course, that includes a stop-off in Sheffield.

The tour is in support of the band’s latest album We Met At Sea, which is the band’s first release since their 2011 album, Up Guards and At ‘em.

Guitarist Ryan Wilson says: “A lot of bands record things in the studio that they can’t pull off live but we wanted to record some good catchy songs that we could play live. We wanted to write something that was raw again.”

It’s been a while since the band last committed anything to a record, but Wilson maintains that the band have been busy.

“We’ve been busy touring and promoting what we do.”

And this is something that bands are doing much more of today than they were in pre-Credit Crunch days.

“We started in 2007 but in 2008 the music industry drastically changed.

“We finished our biggest headline tour at the end of 2008 and that’s when it started changing.

“Suddenly you didn’t hear as many guitar bands on the radio as the mainstream became dominated with pop and urban stuff.”

And now, six years on from the Credit Crunch, the band are happy to be injecting some guitar music into the radio waves.

“We probably started doubting ourselves a bit after the last album,” guitarist Oli Main says. “But we isolated ourselves from the world and re-found the belief in ourselves.

“We felt a bit smug when we finished it … that’s probably not a good emotion but we felt like we’d been written off.

“We know it’s good, we’re proud of it and it couldn’t be any better.

“We’d kind of abandoned what we were good at before, three-minute pop songs. We’d become a bit scared of it, so we embraced it more this time.

“We feel a few people may owe us a few apologies.”

Pigeon Detectives will play at the Leadmill on Saturday, April 27