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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 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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  1.   Song
  2.   Say It Like You Mean It
  3.   This Is An Emergency
  4.   Wouldn't Believe It
  5.   Stop and Go
  6.   Animal
  7.   Left Alone
  8.   Change My World
  9.   Romantic Type
  10.   I'm Not the One
  11.   Hello (My Old Friend)
  12.   I Won't Come Back
  13.   Ready for the Floor
  14.   I'm A Liar
  15.   Power Of Love
  16.   Girlfriend
  17.   I Found Out
  18.   You Know I Love You
  19.   I Need You
  20.   I'm Not Gonna Take This
  21.   I'm Not Sorry
  22.   Caught In Your Trap
  23.   All I Know
  24.   Postcards
  25.   A Little Bit Alone
  26.   Enemy Lines
  27.   Lose Control
  28.   Kick In The Shins
  29.   No State to Drive
  30.   Day and Month
  31.   Light Me Up
  32.   Don't You Wanna Find Out
  33.   Everybody Wants Me
  34.   Wait For Me
  35.   I'm Always Right
  36.   Get Up, Get Out
  37.   Mislead
  38.   Falling in Love
  39.   Making Up Numbers
  40.   Let Go
  41.   Munro
  42.   Dick'ead
  43.   You're Just No Good for Me
  44.   Stay With Me
  45.   Don't Know How To Say Goodbye
  46.   Sounding the Alarm
  47.   Hold Your Gaze
  48.   You Don't Need It
  49.   Love You For A Day (Hate You For A Week)
  50.   You Better Not Look My Way
  51.   I Can't Control Myself
  52.   Keep On Your Dress
  53.   Can't You Find Me
  54.   Take Her Back
  55.   Unforgettable
  56.   Nothing To Do With You
  57.   I Don't Mind
  58.   She's Gone
  59.   I'll Be Waiting
  60.   Wolves
  61.   Where You Are

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