The Pigeon Detectives release their latest track from their upcoming 5th album Broken Glances, and sets a precedent for what to expect. ‘Sounding The Alarm’ is unlike anything the band has previously released and undoubtedly signifies a change to their sound and style that comes with being a band for as long as The Pigeon Detectives have been.
Almost completely removing the upbeat and vivacious sound that has lead almost every album the band has released and instead favouring a moodier, pulsating beat accompanied by predominantly hushed tones from lead singer Matt Bowman. ‘Sounding The Alarm’ does show signs of a homage to traditional The Pigeon Detectives material however the change in sound is one of the most notable things to take from the release.
As aforementioned, the track seems to favour an electronic vibe, almost unrecognisable to the first few The Pigeon Detectives albums. However, change isn’t necessarily bad as the ‘Sounding The Alarm’ sounds fresh and innovative and definitely exhibits the more mature angle to the band whilst exploring new sounds.
The Pigeon Detectives have definitely conquered indie rock and have certainly helped shape the genre to what it is today. With their usual flair tinged with the electronic beats and experimental style it displays what else the band can do, and whilst Broken Glances will potentially be a very different album there are still elements that will celebrate the roots of The Pigeon Detectives.
In an exclusive interview with ICM, Matt Bowman of The Pigeon Detectives stated that the new “album is reflective, it’s a thank you and an apology, it’s all the songs that we were never previously brave enough to write and it’s the first time we’ve had enough self-belief to say “we hope you like the record, really we truly hope you like it, but if you don’t – who cares, we love it”.”
The band announced a 2017 tour to accompany the album and the UK dates are as follows:
2 – Whelan’s, Dublin
3 – Limelight 2, Belfast
4 – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
5 – Stereo, Glasgow
7 – The Leadmill, Sheffield
8 – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
9 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
10 – Sugarmill, Stoke
11 – Gorilla, Manchester
13 – Thekla, Bristol
14 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
15 – Electric Ballroom, London