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Five lads from Leeds come to look for that old fashioned rock and roll vibe

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 04, 2012

The Pigeon Detectives, with lead singer Matt Bowman standing tall on the fence, are heading for the Westcountry with gigs in Plymouth, Falmouth, Exeter and Poole this month

The Pigeon Detectives, with lead singer Matt Bowman standing tall on the fence, are heading for the Westcountry with gigs in Plymouth, Falmouth, Exeter and Poole this month

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Bouncy Leeds pop rockers The Pigeon Detectives are winding the clock back for a summer tour that brings them to the kind of intimate, far-flung venues of their early days.

Currently popping in and out of a recording studio close to home, the five old schoolfriends are catching their breath after a sweaty and eventful European tour, while also putting the polish on their forthcoming, as yet unnamed, fourth album.

With love in the air – guitarist Ryan Wilson is getting married, with vocalist Matt Bowman and bassist Dave Best as joint best men – the affable Yorkshire chaps felt in need of a bit of coastal and country therapy before the festival and nuptuals season.

Later this month, after some dates in Scotland, they are heading to the Westcountry for gigs in Plymouth, Falmouth, Exeter and Poole.

The last time they played Plymouth was a sell-out show at the Pavilions back in 2008, the year they also headlined at Relentless Boardmasters at Newquay; the more modest venues on this outing could be seen as something of a comedown.

"We are never more happy than when we are on a stage. It doesn't matter what size it is," declares frontman Matt. "We certainly can't grumble because we haven't had it hard at all. We've been very lucky.

"We felt we wanted to play to new people; get that rock and roll vibe going. So we're trying to recapture the excitement and energy of our first ever UK tour which went on for ten weeks.

"We went to a lot of places that bands don't tend to see as musical hubs, and we loved it.

"We've played Manchester and London and Liverpool a lot over the last three years, so we were keen to get out to different towns where gigs are more of an event."

After bursting on the scene in 2006 with storming performances at Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band sold more than half a million copies of their first two albums – Wait for Me (2007) and Emergency (2008) in the UK, and achieved five top 40 singles. It all moved rather fast and then there was an extended hiatus.

"In the band we tend to go through patches of activity," explains Matt. "The first album came easy; when it came to recording the second we had been touring so much we'd almost stopped writing; right now we are on a roll."

Last year they released acclaimed third LP Up, Guards and At 'Em!, which they wrote and recorded over the space of 18 months, decamping to New York City for two months to work with producer Justin Gerrish, and now everything has come back down to earth.

"We're all getting a bit older and wiser; we aren't trying to prove ourselves and we have learned how to relax and just be a band," says Matt. "Expect the unexpected."

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