Photo by Dean Chalkey
The return of the Pigeon Detectives is upon us! “But they’ve not really been away,” I hear you cry, and you’d be kind of right seeing as last single ‘I’m Not Sorry’ was only (re)released six months ago. Plus, it’s not even a year since debut album ‘Wait for Me’ was released and already the lads from Leeds have written and recorded their second effort. There is the danger, of course, that the speed at which this record has been produced could mean that quality has been sidelined, but judging from ‘This is an Emergency’, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Distinctively Pigeon Detectives, the first track to be heard from sophomore LP ‘Emergency’ is a massive comeback; alluring, poppy, and, dare I say it, a more mature offering. That said, it could quite easily be put in the middle of ‘Wait for Me’ and not be at all out of place, but it would be the strongest and most exciting track on there. Writing catchy pop songs is The Pigeon Detectives forte and ‘This is an Emergency’ does nothing to dispel that, quite the opposite - after one listen you’ll find yourself singing it for the rest of the day. If only every band could write such stellar tunes as this in such a short space of time…