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The Pigeon Detectives Share New Track Summer Girl From Sixth Album 'TV Show'

Friday, 09 June 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Barnaby Fairley

The Pigeon Detectives have dropped a new track, Summer Girl.

It's the latest single from the Leeds five-piece's sixth album, 'TV Show', which is scheduled to arrive on July 7 via Dance To The Radio. 

Inspired by a tough situation experienced by frontman Matt Bowman and his wife during the COVID-19 lockdown, it marks one of the band's more personal tunes, though it retains the anthemic indie-rock sound heard on previous singles Falling To Pieces and Lovers Come And Lovers Go. Bowman said:

"I wrote this song about me and my wife's lockdown experience. She'd recently had a kidney transplant and couldn't leave the house for fear of death! For a year the closest she came to the outside world was smoking out of the window of our house (blowing out the window) and I really don't know how she coped. The situation also took a toll on me and at times I felt like I couldn't breathe, resorting to periods of self-medicating to cope, which is covered in the second verse of the song.

"The main line of the chorus Summer Girl is my shoutout to my wife as she hadn't left the house for over 12 months and then plucked up the courage to go to Leeds Festival (in the summer!) and start to rebuild her confidence and enjoy life again. The Euphoric Summer Girl section at the end is tribute to how proud I was of her for surviving lock down and she really was my Summer Girl that year."

The group will celebrate the record with a run of record store performances, culminating with two hometown gigs at The Wardrobe in Leeds on July 13. They'll also hit the road in the autumn for a UK tour.

The Pigeon Detectives Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu July 06 2023 - KINGSTON Banquet Records
Fri July 07 2023 - LONDON Rough Trade East
Sat July 08 2023 - MANCHESTER HMV
Sun July 09 2023 - NOTTINGHAM Rough Trade
Mon July 10 2023 - BRISTOL Rough Trade
Tue July 11 2023 - BIRMINGHAM HMV
Wed July 12 2023 - LIVERPOOL Jacaranda
Thu July 13 2023 - LEEDS Wardrobe

Wed November 01 2023 - EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thu November 02 2023 - GLASGOW QMU
Fri November 03 2023 - MANCHESTER New Century
Sat November 04 2023 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Mon November 06 2023 - PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Wed November 08 2023 - LONDON Electric Ballroom
Fri November 10 2023 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Sat November 11 2023 - BRISTOL SWX
Mon November 13 2023 - NORWICH Epic Studios
Tue November 14 2023 - CAMBRIDGE Junction 1
Thu November 16 2023 - HULL Welly Club
Fri November 17 2023 - MIDDLESBROUGH Empire
Sat November 18 2023 - SHEFFIELD Foundry

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