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The Pigeon Detectives

Five pals from Leeds, England, who play scruffy but energetic rock & roll with no shortage of swagger, the Pigeon Detectives formed in 2002, but the group's members -- Matt Bowman on lead vocals, Oliver Main and Ryan Wilson on guitars, Dave Best on bass, and Jimmi Naylor on drums -- were mates from school and had known one another since they were 12. The Pigeon Detectives started earning press attention for their gigs in 2004, and in 2006 they made their recorded debut with a limited-edition vinyl 7," "I'm Not Sorry." On the strength of the single, the Pigeon Detectives scored an opening slot on a British tour with Dirty Pretty Things, and a second limited-edition single, "You Know I Love You," hit stores in July (though this time 1,000 copies were pressed, as opposed to 500 for the debut). The Kaiser Chiefs invited the Pigeon Detectives to tour the U.K. and Europe with them in the fall of 2006, and the group's third single (and first for the noted indie label Dance to the Radio), "I Found Out," was released in November, eventually reaching number one on the U.K. indie charts. Nick Baines of the Kaiser Chiefs began name-checking the Pigeon Detectives as his favorite new band, and noted British disc jockeys Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley, and Zane Lowe championed the group as single number four, "Romantic Type," became a Top 20 pop hit. Wait for Me, the band's first full-length album, was released on Dance to the Radio in mid-2007. It was followed a year later by Emergency, which was produced by Stephen Street. Following the nationwide tour of their second album, the five-piece took some time out and returned on tour with Manchester outfit James in 2010. They began work on their third effort Up, Guards and at 'Em! that year with producer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) in his Brooklyn, New York studio. The record arrived in 2011 and scored the band their third consecutive U.K. Top 40 release and a European tour. In 2013, their fourth album, We Met at Sea, was released to mixed reviews in the music press. ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   Say It Like You Mean It
  3.   This Is An Emergency
  4.   I Found Out
  5.   Nothing To Do With You
  6.   I'm Always Right
  7.   Everybody Wants Me
  8.   Get Up, Get Out
  9.   I'm Not Gonna Take This
  10.   Keep On Your Dress
  11.   Don't You Wanna Find Out
  12.   I'll Be Waiting
  13.   She's Gone
  14.   Love You For A Day (Hate You For A Week)
  15.   You Don't Need It
  16.   I'm A Liar
  17.   Making Up Numbers
  18.   Girlfriend
  19.   Ready for the Floor
  20.   Power Of Love
  21.   Romantic Type
  22.   Don't Know How To Say Goodbye
  23.   Caught In Your Trap
  24.   I Can't Control Myself
  25.   You Know I Love You
  26.   Stop Or Go
  27.   You Better Not Look My Way
  28.   Take Her Back
  29.   Wait For Me
  30.   I'm Not Sorry
  31.   The Is an Emergency
  32.   Wouldn't Believe It
  33.   Done in Secret
  34.   Go at It Completely
  35.   I Don't Know You
  36.   Lost
  37.   Need to Know This
  38.   She Wants Me
  39.   Through the Door
  40.   Turn Out the Lights
  41.   What Can I Say
  42.   What You Gonna Do
  43.   Animal
  44.   I Won't Come Back
  45.   Hold Your Gaze
  46.   Light Me Up
  47.   Can't You Find Me
  48.   I Don't Mind
  49.   Day and Month
  50.   Unforgettable
  51.   No State to Drive
  52.   Where You Are
  53.   Dick'ead
  54.   Kick In The Shins

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