Pigeon apply their live punch to electronica
– the band not the bird – have spread their musical wings and landed gracefully in the theme of electronica. Formed early last year, the Brisbanebased five-piece have enjoyed an incredible 12 months. They released their debut EP, Parallels, in August and played the Parklife, Splendour in the Grass, Peats Ridge and Shine On festivals. Chris Paget, who plays bass and keys, says he attributes Pigeon’s 2011 success to his bandmates’ diverse musical backgrounds. ‘‘None of us have touched electronica before and it just worked,’’ he says. ‘‘There aren’t a big amount of electronic bands who do a high-energy live show in Australia at the moment. People enjoy it. Last year was a busy year for us. We didn’t expect it to be so massive. It was a great way to start off.’’ Largely thanks to that energetic, interactive and fun live show, AU Review placed Pigeon in its Top 12 bands to watch this year alongside Gold Coast rockers Bleeding Knees Club, Matt Corby and Millions. Flying into 2012 at a steady pace, Pigeon pencilled in four months off at Christmas, ramping things up again in April with a run of shows around Australia. Paget says the band plans to release another EP towards the end of the year. ‘‘We have a bunch of new tunes that we will be trying out on this tour,’’ he says. ‘‘It was good to come back together this year after some time off and bring new tunes to the table. The reception we have had so far on these new tracks has been great.’’
Pigeon, Rubber Johnson and Purple Toes play The Loft, on Chevron Island, on Saturday. Tijuana Cartel and Pigeon play The Soundlounge, at Currumbin RSL, on May 18.
Sitting pretty: Brisbane group Pigeon.