Settling in with Pigeon
With one stellar EP under their belt, and a fresh one on the way, Brisbane-based act Pigeon is set to deliver yet more lush tones and crisp rhythms for your listening pleasure. Boasting an impressive songwriting range, a raft of distinctive videos, and a strong online presence boosted by a Daft Punk medley gone viral, any clear-eyed observer can see that theirs is a sound worth investigating. As keen seekers of knowledge and wisdom, we managed to pin the gang down and subject them to a rigorous interrogation, so that we might act as a bridge between the melancholy electro-popsters and you, our beloved readers. From analogue synths, to viral videos, to their forthcoming ‘Settle In’ EP – here are their thoughts, for all to see.
On the new single, your synth sounds are particularly tight and crisp, but also very lush and warm – do you swing analogue or digital?
Thanks! Yes we’ve been getting our hands dirty with analogue synth manuals, building sounds and being able to tweak them to suit. Digital synthesis definitely has its place, but there is something special about having all the controls in front of you. Sound design and synthesis can be quite refreshing with the good old audio signal chain through pre-amps, EQ’s and compressors.
What kind of sounds can we expect from the upcoming Settle In EP?
You can expect much of the same Pigeon goodness, but infused with more experience. We have recently taken on some new synthesisers and a percussion setup, so keep a fresh angle in mind when planning your listening party. Tropical shirts and beards feature throughout.
What plans are there for a full length release in the future?
Full length releases are a hard one because of the time taken away from the release of new music. Collectively we’ve always said an album is on the agenda, but we’re on the brink of this ep release; let’s focus on these great songs first.
The bands coming up today are arguably the first crop that have grown up with almost unrestricted online access to decades of music history – how are you influenced by artists of the past versus being influenced by your contemporaries?
Well I guess writing draws on all influences, from music you listened to as a young kid all the way up to the last album that you listened to. The internet makes it so easy to quickly draw on that album from your childhood instead of having to dig through piles of old records. The internet has also brought together our ‘contemporaries’ like Friendly Fires, Foals and St. Lucia closer than ever before, so nothing is kept a secret. We’re always finding new music on blogs and what have you to understand what is going on. It’s certainly an interesting time to be a part of the music industry as musicians! Most musicians will agree that past musicians can be a sort of grounding knowledge that helps understand the music being released today.
What brought about your Daft Punk medley?
We had been booked to play a residency at a pub in Airlie Beach, which happened to be the place that most of our upcoming EP was written. Anyway, we put together some covers to play because as you know drunk patrons love covers. We have a very over ambitious attitude to most aspects of our music, so no ambition was spared when putting together this medley. It turned out to be something that we felt quite proud about, so we had our good friend Alex Kirchner to film and edit us playing the medley in our studio. 335,000 views later and here we are!
You have a strong online presence. How important a role does this presence play in Pigeon's music getting out there and heard?
Online presence in this day and age is definitely something you need to master in order to keep your audience in touch with what the band is about. We try to keep our online presence as strong as possible, utilising all mediums of social media and blog connections because if you can work out how to do it yourself, why not? We have had many opportunities spring from connections to our online community, so for us this is just as important as any other aspect of the music production process.
More and more artists are now having to rely largely on their live reputation to stay viable. What have you been trying to give the punters when you hit the stage on tour?
Our live show is something we’re known for. We try to create an encapsulating show when playing any venue, because you never know who you’re playing to! Our previous shows have included balloon drops, confetti cannons and beach balls, but recently we’ve focused on lighting production, incorporating our logo into creative lighting designs with stage lighting that really makes an audience member feel as though they are there to see a great band. We’ve even delved into the realms of synchronised lighting designs triggered live from our drummer. It’s something that is easily understood at a live show, so we urge you to come along!
By Adam Disney
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