The nostalgia runs heavy through my veins as I write this review. The Pigeon Detectives were one of my favourite bands circa 2008 and this year marks the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Wait For Me’. What better way to celebrate the milestone than a 10th anniversary tour!!!? We caught The Pigeon Detectives as they passed through SWX in Bristol. The perfect venue as it filled to the brim but still offered a certain intimacy.
The Pigeons were accompanied by the Newcastle hailing 5-piece, Little Comets, who performed an exciting set to fans that were bouncing around in the crowd. It was soon apparent that the crowd were there as much for Little Comets as they were for The Pigeon Detectives. Little Comets offered a set of dreamy yet bright indie-pop that got the crowd moving from front to back. Stand out tracks from their set included ‘One Night In October’, which seemed more than appropriate, ‘Worry’ and ‘Dancing Song’ which closed the set in style. The only downfall I can find to this generally bubbly set is that, heading in without much knowledge of Little Comets, I found each track to be pretty similar to the last. This meant that there wasn’t much variety track to track and it became a little repetitive. Saying that, I did enjoy their set and will be paying a little more attention to Little Comets.
Next up were indie heavyweights, The Pigeon Detectives. The crowd was filled with dedicated fans of all ages that were highly anticipating the set. One particular crowd member showed his enthusiasm by shouting at the top of his lungs ‘COME ON YOU SLAGS’ when the change over ran over slightly. They took to the stage, exploding with pure energy into opening anthem ‘Romantic Type’. Despite an earlier accident leaving frontman Matt with a broken foot, he still darted around the stage with as much energy as he did 10 years ago. Next up was ‘I Found Out’ followed by ‘Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye’ which both inevitably sparked a mass sing-along from the crowd. The rest of the set carried through with the same energy and dedicated obsession as they performed tracks from that debut album as well as B-sides and never before heard rarities. Between tracks Matt would chat and joke with the crowd, which really emphasised the intimacy of this tour despite the size of it. There’s a real humble feeling to this band – they performed with as much passion as the first time I saw them 9 years ago. It doesn’t matter when it is, or how big the venue is, these lads smash it every time and no one is left disappointed.
Words + Photos : Courtney Brock