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Wait for Me

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Album Review

Harking back to the days when songs were only just over two minutes long and raced along, cramming in as much as possible with guitars playing just the three obligatory chords, the debut album by the Pigeon Detectives, Wait for Me arrived at the end of May 2007 on the independent Leeds based record label Dance to the Music. Entering the charts at number three, the album was produced by Will Jackson who was also involved with fellow Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs, it featured the singles "I Found Out," "Romantic Type," and "I'm Not Sorry" and it got a second lease of life, climbing back into Top Ten after nearly three months with the release of a fourth single, "Take Her Back." The track "You Better Not Look My Way," comes in at nearly four and a half minutes and slows the pace down slightly with influences from the '60s guitar and harmonious garage bands, sounding more like the Flamin' Groovies than the Clash. The punk influences come through loud and strong right at the start with "Romantic Type" opening with a drum beat interrupted by two of the three guitar chords crashing in before the less than subtle vocals crash in over these, even more forceful still. With four songs released as singles in just over nine months, none of which reached the Top Ten, the album was little more than the sum of its parts, 12 songs lasting a total of half an hour, but Matt Bowman's forte was not great singing but delivering the lead vocal to the group of lads, down at the pub having a good time and singing among the beer and the football. Hardly original, but the band probably didn't care at all.

Customer Reviews

Cooing their way up the charts!

I already had 'I found Out' 'Romantic Type' 'I'm Not Sorry' and 'You Know I Love You' before buying this album (a day early - thanks iTunes!!!) If you buy an album with four killer tracks on it, generally speaking you've had a result, but three listens in I reckon their are another three or four tracks waiting to rise up and grab me with the ferocity of the more familiar singles – eight killer tracks? Surely not? Very catchy, and impossible too listen to without tapping your feet … I believe these guy’s were voted "the band most likely to leap to the main stage in 2007” in an NME poll, after they appeared at the Reading & Leeds festivals in 2006. First impressions of this album tell me that a slightly earlier release of this impulsive album could well have seen them third or fourth off the headline act – very impressed.

Indie...but refreshingly different

A great album from the Pigeon Detectives, whose indie jangly guitars may sound the same as all the other bands out there, but whose lyrics make them stand out from the rest. 'I'm Not Sorry', 'I Found Out' and 'Take Her Back' all adhere to the great lyrical tradition that relationship pain equals a great song to connect to yor audience with - nice one lads.


every song on the album is were listening too- theres nothing that can beat the pigeons and the wombats at the moment


Formed: 2002 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

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...
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