Pigeon flocks to nest of electro-pop sounds as new single takes wing
THEIR musical backgrounds of reggae, jazz and metal meant it was anyone’s guess which genre Brisbane band Pigeon would swoop in on. Twoand-a-half years ago the quintet, made up of Danny Harley, Luke Cuerel, Aaron Day, Nick Kirk and Chris Paget, discovered electro-pop and became addicted to its endless opportunities. Harley, singer and guitarist, says the excitement of the genre is still strong for the band. ‘‘At the time, electronic music and using laptops and production was very new to us which was very exciting,’’ he says. ‘‘The options of what you can do are limitless and we are so keen to explore.’’ On stage, Pigeon like to ‘‘let loose’’ and head back to their musical roots. ‘‘Three of us used to play in jazz bands we also come from rock, metal and reggae backgrounds so you see some of that come through in our live show,’’ he says. Armed with two ‘‘magic weapons’’ – Cuerel’s saxophone and trumpet – Harley says Pigeon’s sound is like no other. ‘‘Brass is our magic weapon. Luke did three years at conservatorium and is amazing,’’ he says. ‘‘Brass lends itself easily to improvisation and jams, and at first we were a jam band. Now our songs are more structured which is harder but it has been a natural progression.’’ Harley says the band will release an EP later this year and they have already dropped the first single, Curtain Call. ‘‘ Curtain Call is different for us. It’s got a darker electro twist,’’ he says. ‘‘The rest of the songs are lighter. I like to turn my personal experiences into stories that are able to be interpreted by anyone. I leave them open and tell a story anyone can latch on and relate to.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
Pigeon and The Belligerents play Alpha Beta, at the Coolangatta Hotel, tonight.
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Brisbane electro-pop band Pigeon