Detectives have '˜nothing to lose' with eclectic new LP

Yorkshire favourites The Pigeon Detectives are back with a revised sound for their fifth studio album '“ and are excited to share it with fans.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 2:02 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:56 am
The Pigeon Detectives have just released Broken Glances, their fifth studio album
The Pigeon Detectives have just released Broken Glances, their fifth studio album

Formed in 2002, the band are singer Matt Bowman, guitarists Oliver Main and Ryan Wilson, bass player Dave Best and drummer Jimmi Naylor.

Friends from school, and having known one another since they were 12, the band enjoyed a meteoric rise starting in Leeds where they signed with local label Dance to the radio, and growing into the UK Music scene rapidly with their first record, 2007’s Wait for Me, going on to sell more than half a million copies.

Fifteen years later, they have just released Broken Glances on their own label and are back on the road, with a show in Sheffield next week.

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And the album is described as “ecletic”, offering a more “electronic” sound than the traditional guitar rock the band have been known for.

“It was a conscious effort to write a record people possibly wouldn’t expect from us,” says Matt, “but one people can enjoy.

“We’re all 10 years older now and our musical tastes have changed and our fans’ tastes have changed. I just hope people enjoy it.

“As for critics, I have stopped caring, but I hope people realise it’s a concerted effort to test ourselves in the studio.

“What have we got to lose?

“You can’t get dropped by a record label you own and it’s not going to stop people coming to see us – we have a strong back catalogue people have an affinity with.

“We are in a really cool position – we only answer to ourselves because we own the label.

“We’re still around after 10 years and we’re not going to disappear because we try something different.”

He admits the band are excited to see what people think to the more synth-based sound, having made their name with hits such as I’m Not Sorry and Take Her Back.

“I think we’re on the money,” says Matt. “We’ve not stopped writing the same melodies.”

And he says the songs fit in well with the back catalogue for their famous live performances.

“I think we’re well versed in putting on an amazing live show. The material will fit in our live shows and be a nice segue between other songs.”

And Matt is excited to play Sheffield’s The Leadmill next week.

He says: “Sheffield crowd have always treated us really well. I don’t know if its Sheffield, or Yorkshire in particular, or because its near to Leeds,but we have never had a bad Sheffield show. The crowd are always brilliant. I always enjoy Sheffield gigs and I always enjoy The Leadmill. It’s a nice wide stage. You can almost see the entire crowd. I love it.”

The Pigeon Detectives, The Leadmill, Sheffield, Tuesday, March 7