Release Date: Apr 29, 2013
Record label: Cooking Vinyl Records
The Pigeon Detectives were massive once. In the wake of Arctic Monkeys’ runaway success, they were one of the many slightly less talented indie bands who suddenly shot up the charts. Two Top 5 albums, Wait For Me and Emergency (the former of which went platinum) and four Top 20 singles in just over two years made them a serious prospect. If not dominating the big leagues of British guitar music, they were certainly occupying a respectable mid-table position.
Originality has never been West Yorkshire’s The Pigeon Detectives’ ‘thing’. They are a band who’ve stuck to the indie formula first concocted on their 2007 debut ‘Wait For Me’ (a record that, lest we forget, went to Number Three in the charts), which was full of big hooks and tales of one-night stands and break-ups. Four albums later and it’s more of the same, minus the big hooks.
When the singer of a band says ‘We don’t try to be too specific with lyrics. We’re not the kind of band who preach,’ you do wonder if he genuinely thinks there are millions of people furiously searching iTunes for artists who promise a sound that is both vaguer and less prone to sermonising than the norm.Although, should those lost souls really exist, you’d imagine The Pigeon Detectives would appeal greatly to them. For everyone else, it’s a statement which serves to set your expectations for ‘We Met At Sea’ at the appropriate level.