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WIN / Tickets to see Pigeon Detectives at London Koko, 30th October 2013

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at 11:00 am
 

Leeds band Pigeon Detectives returned to the music scene this spring with their latest album, ‘We Met at Sea’, out now on Cooking Vinyl. The band just started a massive tour this past week in Scotland, and they’ll be stopping in London next Wednesday the 30th of October at Koko. Why are we telling you this? Because we’ve blagged a pair of tix to the event, that’s why. And we want a lucky TGTF reader and a guest to experience their live show on us. Keen? Fabulous! Simply enter our contest below for your chance to win.

Complete the form below with your full name (we need your real first and last name to prove you’re not a robot) and your email address (we need a way to contact you). Then simply answer this question: Who produced their latest album ‘We Met at Sea’? (Hint: he’s someone we respect very much here at TGTF, having worked recently with China Rats on their latest EP ‘Don’t Play with Fire’.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Friday the 25th of October. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received then. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only, and duplicate entries will be discarded.

If you’d rather ensure your spot at the London show by buying your own tickets or perhaps you’d like to see them live at another date on the tour, head over here for the full list of UK dates.

The contest is now closed, and the winner will be contacted by email soon.

 

Pigeon Detectives / October and November 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 20th June 2013 at 8:00 am
 

Indie favourites Pigeon Detectives have revealed they will be touring the UK this autumn, in October and November. Tickets are available now.

Thursday 17th October 2013 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 18th October 2013 – Dundee Fat Sam’s
Saturday 19th October 2013 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Monday 21st October 2013 – Newcastle Warehouse 34
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Thursday 24th October 2013 – Barrow-in-Furness Nines
Friday 25th October 2013 – Manchester Academy 2
Saturday 26th October 2013 – Wolverhampton Slade Room
Sunday 27th October 2013 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 29th October 2013 – Cardiff Globe
Wednesday 30th October 2013 – London Koko
Thursday 31st October 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 1st November 2013 – Folkestone Quarterhouse
Saturday 2nd November 2013 – Leeds Metropolitan University

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #734: Pigeon Detectives

 
By on Friday, 8th February 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Pigeon Detectives released the first single from their forthcoming album, out later this year, in late January. You can get the single ‘Animal’ free from the band’s official Web site. But first, get a taste of the song from the video below. You can catch the band on tour in the UK starting in late April; we’ve included their spring tour dates below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvNOKEUHEC4[/youtube]

Thursday 25th April 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Friday 26th April 2013 – Whitehaven Civic Hall
Saturday 27th April 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 28th April 2013 – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 30th April 2013 – Norwich Waterfront
Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Middlesbrough Empire
Friday 3rd May 2013 – Glasgow Arches
Saturday 4th May 2013 – Live at Leeds
Monday 6th May 2013 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 8th May 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 9th May 2013 – London Dingwalls
Friday 10th May 2013 – Brighton Coalition
Saturday 11th May 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

 

Leeds 2011: Day 3 (John’s Roundup)

 
By on Tuesday, 13th September 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

The final day of Leeds Festival 2011 brought with it dryness and a relative calm that I hadn’t seen all weekend, no frantic rushing to tents. Just good music. Well, for most of the day anyway… Speaking of music that just is not good in the slightest, my first port of call for the day was the Main Stage to watch Pigeon Detectives. Beginning with their set with arguably their most popular track ‘I Found Out’ was their first mistake, as they had my attention for that brief point. But from then on though, it was as I expected. A set as tragically flawed as the band themselves, riddled with album tracks that nobody cares about at home, let alone at a festival. Truly a thoroughly dour start to my final day.

It was only fair that after such musical torture, I was gifted with the brilliant music of Seasick Steve, doing what he does best, getting crowds to love him with his brilliant style of DIY bluegrass rock ‘n’ roll. Halfway through his set he does what anybody who is third on the Main Stage at a festival wishes they can do to get the crowd going: nothing huge, just something like bring on a member of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time, Led Zeppelin. Yes. John Paul Jones. With JPJ on bass, Steve hammering his bizarre instruments and a drummer with a longer beard than Steve himself, the trio on stage was a force. ‘Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’ sounded positively fierce and ‘Thunderbird’ was easily the highlight of the first few bands of the day.

Two Door Cinema Club strolled onstage, and within seconds girls all around me were clambering over each other to be as close to these Irish charmers. Two Door surely could not have anticipated what a success ‘Tourist History’ was going to be, so the thousands upon thousands of people mimicking every track back at them must have been quite a shock. [Editor’s note: not really to us at TGTF. We wrote about a couple of their songs in a Kitsune sampler in January 2010 and then mused on the actual album 2 months later.] Their delivery was fantastic though, and throughout the gig they had the crowd placed firmly within the palms of their hands.

To follow Two Door in the form they are in can hardly be seen as an undaunting task. So it probably helped that the guys to do it are the most seasoned pros on the bill: enter Madness. Beginning with classic ‘One Step Beyond’, the crowd were already in full swing, gone were the attempts at mosh pits and in their place, everyone doing a strange minimalistic rendition of the running man. Their set was riddled with classics: ‘Baggy Trousers’ was greeted to a huge reception and ‘House of Fun’ was literally the most ‘fun’ song of the day.

From a band centred on dancing about like there’s no tomorrow to a band who in all honesty aren’t exactly the jolliest fellows around, this of course was the pioneers of emo kids Jimmy Eat World. Their set was by far too long for the amount of material they had; while ‘Bleed America,’ ‘The Middle’ and ‘Sweetness’ were fantastic, nobody cared about ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’, let alone enough to hear it when you could be heading over to see Bombay Bicycle Club…hey, wait a minute. That sounds like a good idea! So I did!

Bombay’s crowd was, as expected, huge, as is the hype around these nervous little boys. While they may not look the most confident bunch, they still manage to capture the crowd brilliantly. Sure, it helps that they have some seriously solid tune,s but I think the nervousness plays well for them. New single ‘Shuffle’ from their new album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ (review here) sounded note perfect live and could easily grow into one of the biggest strings on their live bow. They finished with ‘Always Like This’ to bring an end to a set which they breezed through, the crowd hooked on every word.

Next up were co-headliners the Strokes (pictured at top), who turned out to be truly awful. They are a band with such a reputation but who managed to look as uninterested from the beginning as I became halfway through their dry, unimaginative set. Julian Casablancas looked as if he wanted to be anywhere else but here and that was how I started to feel as the hits faded into plugging of the new album. The one highlight had to be ‘Juicebox’, which added some much needed energy to the proceedings. Bar that, disappointing is the only word I can use to describe their set. Devoid of any showmanship, any invention.

 

The Pigeon Detectives / November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 6th July 2011 at 9:00 am
 

The Pigeon Detectives have announced a UK tour for this November. Tickets are on sale now.

Sunday 6th November 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Monday 7th November 2011 – Hull Tokyo
Tuesday 8th November 2011 – Preston 53 Degrees
Thursday 10th November 2011 – Manchester Academy 2
Friday 11th November 2011 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 12th November 2011 – Lincoln Tokyo
Sunday 13th November 2011 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Tuesday 15th November 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Thursday 17th November 2011 – London Electric Ballroom
Saturday 19th November 2011 – Brighton Concorde
Sunday 20th November 2011 – Southampton University
Monday 21st November 2011 – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 24th November 2011 – Leeds O2 Academy
Friday 25th November 2011 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Saturday 26th November 2011 – Dundee Fat Sam’s

 

This week’s Gonzo – Plan B and Pigeon Detectives talk new albums, Daisy Lowe and dog stop by

 
By on Friday, 8th April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Tonight’s episode of MTV Gonzo is just chock full of goodies! Plan B stops by to talk about his forthcoming album ‘The Ballad of Belmarsh’, to be released later this year, and what’s been going on in his life since his his award winning appearance and infamous performance at this year’s BRITS. Model Daisy Lowe (pictured above) pops in, little dog in tow, for a chat with Alexa on music and Doctor Who. She likes the Big Apple but was reportedly quoted as saying, “I would move to New York, but I can’t bare putting my dog through the plane journey!” (Frankly, anyone who’s been on a plane as of late can surely commiserate. I know I can.) West Yorkshire band the Pigeon Detectives, just coming out of the dark and not having been seen in a long while (probably since their 2008 album ‘Emergency’) are in the Gonzo studio to talk up their hotly-anticipated third album, ‘Up, Guards and at Em’!’

From America comes the Man himself, Snoop Dogg, ready to have an exclusive convo with Alex about his 11th studio album ‘Dogumentary’. The Horrors‘s Faris Badwan has a new band (name unknown at this point…?) and they play for us at the Vatican. (Um…I guess we’re just going to have to watch and see it to believe it.) And Jon Fratelli, who we’ve written about quite a bit on here at TGTF, will be playing his new solo work. Not enough for you? Punk band Flats make their first TV appearance. It all happens tonight on Gonzo.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 
 
 

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