The Pigeon Detectives tore ThinkTank apart on Monday Night (21st October) in sweat-inducing fashion.
Trailblazing through their set with haste, The Pigeon Detectives rarely let-up on the pace. We’re all familiar with how The Pigeon Detectives sound by now – loud, shouty choruses, big wall-smashing chords with catchy riffs and lyrics all about being pissed, going out and trying it on with the opposite sex. It’s certainly not original stuff, but I can’t help but have a bloody good time.
The crowd received the band warmly, and were in a particularly riotous mood. Frontman Matt Bowman would regularly dowse himself and his long-curly locks in water, before turning on the crowd and showering them – eliciting shrieks and wild howls all around. “This is a custom at Pigeon Detectives gigs” he explains with a grin.
It must be said that Bowman has a fantastic energy about him. He is relentless – clambering over speakers, leaning over the crowd’s heads (there are no barriers or security separating the band from the crowd in ThinkTank) and screaming in their faces, endlessly jumping and hurling his body around the stage whilst whirling his microphone around by the end of its lead. He is never still.
ThinkTank has recently relocated to become Digital’s plucky next-door neighbour, and considering its exceptionally small, intimate size – it gets hot. Really hot. I implore you to give ThinkTank, and all the fantastic talent that it showcases, a deserved tryout. I promise you sweat and a good time.
Before the encore, Bowman asked the crowd if they “understood what an encore is”, as he proceeded to explain that, on previous dates on the tour, by the time the band had come back on stage for the encore – the venues had emptied. “You go out for a drink and a quick fag and you’ve all pissed off!” he says. The Pigeon Detectives ended their set with first-album hit “I’m Not Sorry” – causing an unholy ruckus in the process before exiting the stage triumphantly.
In no way are The Pigeon Detectives the best band touring this year. After a recent two-punch knockout of miserable album releases, it’s difficult to believe that this band once headlined the massive 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace in London. But, as long as you’re not a horrendously self-aware hipster who refuses to get involved, it’s impossible to not enjoy The Pigeon Detectives’ company. They’re a great live band. To put it simply: they’re just fun.