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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'm Not Gonna Take This
  5.   Everybody Wants Me
  6.   Get Up, Get Out
  7.   I'll Be Waiting
  8.   She's Gone
  9.   Power Of Love
  10.   Love You For A Day (Hate You For A Week)
  11.   I'm Always Right
  12.   Lose Control
  13.   Day and Month
  14.   Ready for the Floor
  15.   Can't You Find Me
  16.   Don't You Wanna Find Out
  17.   Wolves
  18.   I Won't Come Back
  19.   I Found Out
  20.   No State to Drive
  21.   Unforgettable
  22.   I Don't Mind
  23.   Light Me Up
  24.   Keep On Your Dress
  25.   Nothing To Do With You
  26.   I'm A Liar
  27.   You Don't Need It
  28.   Animal
  29.   Where You Are
  30.   Girlfriend
  31.   Hold Your Gaze
  32.   Making Up Numbers
  33.   Romantic Type
  34.   Don't Know How To Say Goodbye
  35.   Caught In Your Trap
  36.   I Can't Control Myself
  37.   You Know I Love You
  38.   Stop Or Go
  39.   You Better Not Look My Way
  40.   Take Her Back
  41.   Wait For Me
  42.   I'm Not Sorry
  43.   The Is an Emergency
  44.   Wouldn't Believe It
  45.   Done in Secret
  46.   Go at It Completely
  47.   I Don't Know You
  48.   Lost
  49.   Need to Know This
  50.   She Wants Me
  51.   Through the Door
  52.   Turn Out the Lights
  53.   What Can I Say
  54.   What You Gonna Do
  55.   Dick'ead
  56.   Kick In The Shins

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