The Pigeon Detectives – The Borderline, London (Live Review)

An unexpected thrill ride; the indie genre has now changed the way crowd surfing and stage diving is portrayed. The danger of a performance and style of substance didn’t hold back the unexpected drive of The Pigeon Detectives. A band not too familiar with, I was amazed with how they kept their energy and the audience. Hyped with a drive to communicate with the fans and make them as much a part of the show as possible, an urge to bring to the stage floor with a memorable, harbouring sound.

Kicking off the night were The Shimmer Band, giving a taste of electronic dance with a variety of sounds that kept a great solid warm up to the crowd. It led to a earthy performance that was a hidden gem to typical genre music, that created a great lucid atmosphere. Their vocals and presence on stage didn’t disappoint and left the crowd surrounding the stage.


Next up, the band everybody was waiting for: The Pigeon Detectives; and after just a few songs the crowd were off their feet jumping with lead singer Matthew Bowman as he sang with them. Keeping an energy that exhilarated the crowd, whilst keeping a sound that was timeless from start to finish from every song, Bowman was halfway through sweats and joy even from beginning.


Simple minds would think this band who assume their stand on stage are slow generic indie, who keep to themselves; but not The Pigeon Detectives. They kept themselves on the mark with their set-list from song after song with no pause, and kept their minds on hydration and beer that was shared by Bowman whilst performing.


Alongside the other members of the band, they gave a performance that I’m sure people will remember, giving the chance for fans to stage dive, crowd surf and even join in performance selfies, in such a small packed out venue.


With the final song and a fan favourite, they gave the crowd the chance to sing on stage until they had no more space and Bowman was left on the edge with the pinnacle finale. This night in the gem of underground London was stormed by classic rock and roll.

Photos: © Tom Rose