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They do like to be beside the seaside...

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: May 18, 2012

  • COASTING ALONG: The Pigeon Detectives are playing seaside venues on their summer tour, including a date at Chinnery's in Southend

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T he Pigeon Detectives' guitarist Ryan Wilson is in confident mood when we talk ahead of the band's UK tour.

Just back from a string of dates in Europe and in the midst of recording their new album, Ryan and the band are enjoying a creative spike that's got them fired up and raring to play live again.

"This is our third week of being in the studio," says Ryan. "We'll probably do five or six weeks top.

"It's been going great, it sounds so good. I think it'll be our best yet."

This will be the West Yorkshire band's fourth album, a follow up to 2011's Up, Guards And At 'Em! which was recorded in New York with producer Justin Gerrish.

Ryan says this time round the band are going back to basics.

"With this record, we wanted to go back to our roots, to the catchy guitar lines and choruses, the indie rock we started off doing.

"On the last record, we experimented with different instruments but this is more true to our roots."

The band like to get the songs pretty much finished by the time they go into the studio so they've been busy writing and rehearsing after their European tour.

"After a big tour, it's nice to be home for a few days off but there's only so much daytime TV you can watch.

"We had around 25 songs this time round and we've got 14 to take into the studio. We'll whittle that down to 10. We like to spend a bit of time on songs because you can change your mind about them.

"There's one song I didn't particularly like at first, but we worked on it in the studio and I really like it now."

But as much as the band enjoy working on the finer details of songs in the studio, it's playing live that's their real passion.

And having played huge headline shows at Alexander Palace and Leeds Millennium Square and appeared at events like Reading, Glastonbury and the V Festival, Ryan is looking forward to playing some smaller, more intimate gigs.

"The response was amazing in Europe. We had the audience in Poland singing along to all the songs and we've never even been there before. Playing the big gigs is amazing, but the smaller venues are really great."

Which brings us on to The Pigeon Detectives' Summer By The Sea tour which bring them to Chinnery's, Southend, on Friday, May 25.

"We wanted to do something a bit different, not necessarily go to the standard places we always do. We've done two UK tours in the last year and we'll be touring again in the autumn.

"We just wanted to do something different and knew it would be in the summer so our manager suggested the seaside tour. It means we get to go to a lot of places we haven't been to before and don't always get a lot of bands visiting.

"It keeps things fresh for us too and the feedback on the tour has been great so far."

So what will The Pigeon Detectives be playing beside the seaside?

"We'll play some of the new stuff, we might chop in one or two so people get a bit of a taster of the album. But we're not going to overload the set with new songs, it'll be pretty much a 'best of' set of stuff from the first three records."

It's a big summer for the band as after their seaside tour they'll be playing festivals right through to September. Indeed, the day after the play the Music Live Festival at Bingley on September 1, Ryan flies off to get married, having already postponed his wedding once to accommodate the band.

"It's a very busy summer for the band, it's quite mad really," says Ryan. "Luckily, my fiance is very understanding."

The Pigeon Detectives play Chinnery's, Southend, on Friday, May 25. For the latest on the band and their new album, go to www.thepigeon detectives.com

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