• Louis Griffin

Premiere: Tin Pigeons - 'Closer'

The latest single from bouncing indie duo Tin Pigeons is an effortless blend of indie and pop, but one with an immediate and essential message to come together.


Tin Pigeons are an indie-pop band from the East Midlands. Originally banding together in 2011, the band have carved out their own niche in the world of guitar pop, one coloured by irresistible pop melodies, shimmering guitars and lyrics that will hang around in your head long after the track has climaxed. Having formed at school, the duo have quickly been garnering acclaim from all corners of the music world. From airplay on BBC Radio 1 and 2, to playing Reading & Leeds Festival, their trajectory is pointing nowhere but up.

Their debut EP, Sparks, was released in 2016, and they’ve released a barrage of singles since then, culminating in Breathe In, which was released last year to radio play and critical praise. More recently, the two-piece have managed to juggle a heavy diet of touring and studio time, supporting the likes of Fickle Friends, Billie Marten and SeaFret. Indeed, latest single, Closer was penned in the Lake District, on a writing retreat. It’s an effortless blend of indie and pop, but one with an immediate, and essential message: in these fractured times, the most radical act is to come together. In their own words, “In light of recent events in the world, this subject matter has never seemed more appropriate. In some ways we are all battling with the effects of social isolation, finding plenty of time to sit with ourselves and study our cracks.”

Tin Pigeons are the balm to these troubled times, writing pop songs that bring us together

In a 2016 interview, the band described their sound as “kind”, which feels particularly revealing. Indeed, kindness is a sentiment that feels somewhat lacking from today’s indie scene; bands revel in our division, but few seem to act to heal divides. Frontman Fraser asks the listener to “give me a minute while I catch up on breathing”, asking us again and again if can “get a bit closer … get a bit more”. The track has a yearning feel, a question asked of the audience. Tin Pigeons are the balm to these troubled times, writing pop songs that bring us together. In this way, Closer feels remarkably of the times, and exactly what we all need right now.


Readers can here the track exclusively here now.

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