The Pigeon Detectives & Young Kato – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – 17/10/13
Second gig in a week in a rare child free week for Pierced Princess, and it was back to the Lemon Tree with an entirely different crowd from the previous gig.
The new and improved Lemon Tree is very much that – much nicer and feels more spacious.
Young Kato took to the stage as the support act. This young, 6 piece from Cheltenham were a very good choice to warm the crowd up. I am reliably informed that they have appeared on “Made in Chelsea” and have a good fan base from there, as well as the more “rock and roll” route of gigging and working hard to gain fans that way. Tommy Wright, on vocals, has an impressive voice, reminiscent at times of a Morissey-esque sound… but a bit more cheery! They played a smooth flowing set, with lots of good songs that the crowd responded well to. “Drink, Dance, Play” going down especially well. An apology from the band as they were a last minute addition to the tour, so limited merchandise was available, but they gave away their self-titled EP, and chatted to the crowds after their set.
On to the main act… kicking off their tour, thus it was opening night… and as ever, The Pigeon Detectives did not disappoint, right from the moment their intro music came on the Rothwell lads were their enthusiastic selves. Starting with “Animal” from the new album “We Met at Sea” showed Matt to be on his usual exuberant form, dancing, jumping and singing like a more tuneful grown up version of Tigger! A lively set, full of some cracking songs was not to be disturbed by an evacuation of the venue for a fire alarm. Handled very well by staff at the venue, who marshalled out a very lively crowd with no incidents, and in a good time, and before long we were being shown back into the building after the brief hiatus.
Another chance to watch the boys burst onto stage to Queens “One Vision” – and as Matt Bowman said “the pigeon detectives do enjoy a good intro!” and of course the first song back – “Emergency” showed a sense of humour, and the band took the delay and evacuation in good nature, offering to stay behind at the end to sign merchandise and meet the fans. A lovely touch from a band who started their touring career in Aberdeen, and still seem to hold a fondness for the venue and city.
A fantastic set covering some old and some new tracks had the crowd happy and bouncing – and taking Matt’s lead – quite a lot of crowd surfing too! Not a gig for the faint hearted down at the front with lots of bouncing, dancing and getting soaked from Matt’s water bottles all had everyone on happy form, enjoying the gig and really getting into the music. Highlights of the set for me were Animal, Dick ‘Ed, Keep on Your Dress, I Won’t Come Back, Unforgettable, Everybody Wants Me and the encore I’m Not Sorry.
The guys played a shorter encore due to the evacuation, but still left the attendees happy!
Merchandise was being sold by a really lovely guy – and the prices were the best I have seen for a long time – mugs starting at £3, t-shirts £5 or £10, and a signed album for £10 too. Great for a merch fan like myself! Overall 9.5 out of 10. Superb evening, great entertainment.
The shot above was taken when the fire alarm sounded. The shot below was taken two and a half minutes later, when the venue had all but emptied. Impressive work APA people.
The Pigeon Detectives Website
Young Kato Website