Pi­geon ap­ply their live punch to elec­tron­ica

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– 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.

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