by Tabitha Buckley, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Leeds indie rock group The Pigeon Detectives have returned once again with their stunning fifth record, Broken Glances, to be released on 24th February this year. As a hint at what is to come, the band have released the single “Lose Control”.
Since forming in 2002, The Pigeon Detectives have become a big name in the UK music scene, performing headline gigs at Leeds’ Millennium Square arena and London’s Alexandra Palace just one year after the release of their first record, Wait for Me. Produced by the relatively small record label Dance to the Radio, this album went on to sell more than half a million copies. It’s fair to say that the lads – Matt Bowman (lead vocals), Oliver Main, Ryan Wilson (guitars), Dave Best (bass) and Jimmi Naylor (drums) – have come a long way since meeting at the tender age of 12.
Recorded with producer Richard Formby, who is best known for his work with the likes of Ghostpoet, Spaceman 3 and Wild Beasts, Broken Glances is a more notably eclectic album than previous releases. As Bowman explains, the band made the move to a more unconventional producer because they “wanted to work with someone that would challenge [them] in the studio” by taking them out of their comfort zones and not letting them “take any easy ways out with songs.”
“Richard did this and made us change our approach completely from previous records. We ended up ditching a lot of tunes that had a sound that could have been on the first albums as a result.”
After spending a number of years releasing songs with a more ‘aspirational’ feel, the theme found in Broken Glances is a more reflective one. With a wealth of experiences to draw from, the band’s new album documents where they’ve been and how far they’ve come. The extent to which the group have matured becomes clear in tracks such as the claustrophobic ‘Wolves’, the raw, sparse ‘Falling in Love’ and the pensive ‘Postcards’.
“We’ve spent a decade writing songs for our fans, songs they could scream out loud to and go wild to at gigs! On this album we felt we owed it to them to actually deliver something real that documents the journey we’ve all been on together. With this record we sat back from it a bit and it created more freedom to write without any kind of agenda, and with more emotional ups and downs across the album. That’s why these songs don’t necessarily smack you straight in the face like previous albums. But if you listen hard enough and take some time over the record..you’ll realise it’s an ode to everyone that’s ever bought an album or turned up to a show.” – Matt Bowman.
As many fans will have been hoping to hear, the band’s new release is to be accompanied by a tour of UK and Ireland, including dates in Whelan’s, Dublin on 2nd March and Limelight 2, Belfast on 3rd March. Tickets for these dates, among others, can be bought here.