Pi­geon flocks to nest of elec­tro-pop sounds as new sin­gle takes wing

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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.

What’s on, Pages 30-31

Bris­bane elec­tro-pop band Pi­geon

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