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The Pigeon Detectives

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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 the 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 by the music press. The Pigeon Detectives returned in 2017 with their fifth album, Broken Glances, which they framed as a thank you letter to their fans. ~ Mark Deming
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  2.   This Is An Emergency
  3.   Say It Like You Mean It
  4.   Everybody Wants Me
  5.   You Don't Need It
  6.   Making Up Numbers
  7.   Unforgettable
  8.   Day and Month
  9.   Don't You Wanna Find Out
  10.   I'll Be Waiting
  11.   I Don't Mind
  12.   Lose Control
  13.   Get Up, Get Out
  14.   I Found Out
  15.   Can't You Find Me
  16.   I Won't Come Back
  17.   Nothing To Do With You
  18.   I'm A Liar
  19.   I'm Always Right
  20.   I'm Not Gonna Take This
  21.   Keep On Your Dress
  22.   No State to Drive
  23.   Where You Are
  24.   Hold Your Gaze
  25.   Wolves
  26.   Girlfriend
  27.   She's Gone
  28.   Power Of Love
  29.   Sounding the Alarm
  30.   Love You For A Day (Hate You For A Week)
  31.   Animal
  32.   Ready for the Floor
  33.   Light Me Up
  34.   Romantic Type
  35.   Don't Know How To Say Goodbye
  36.   Caught In Your Trap
  37.   I Can't Control Myself
  38.   You Know I Love You
  39.   Stop Or Go
  40.   You Better Not Look My Way
  41.   Take Her Back
  42.   Wait For Me
  43.   I'm Not Sorry
  44.   The Is an Emergency
  45.   Wouldn't Believe It
  46.   Done in Secret
  47.   Go at It Completely
  48.   I Don't Know You
  49.   Lost
  50.   Need to Know This
  51.   She Wants Me
  52.   Through the Door
  53.   Turn Out the Lights
  54.   What Can I Say
  55.   What You Gonna Do
  56.   Dick'ead
  57.   Kick In The Shins

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