Melding together sexy brass, raw piano, electric bass and anthemic velvety vocals is exactly what Brisbane’s Pigeon have done on their Settle In EP.

After the success of the first single from their previous release, ‘Curtain Call’, the five-piece won the hearts of afficionados at Triple J, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk and more, while the intricate layering in the second single, ‘Two Moon Love’ has garnered them over 25,000 Soundcloud plays in under a month as well as charting on Hype Machine.

Now, nearing the end of their Settle In EP tour,  we caught up with keyboard/percussionist Aaron Day to get the lowdown on the recording of the EP, side projects (The Kite String Tangle) and how they find their supports for show.

Your Daft Punk medley went viral straightaway when you chucked it up on the net. What was the initial intention of recording it?

We intentionally wrote it for a residency we did up in Northern Queensland. As with anything you get obsessed about, we decided to film it in the studio we operate out of. Our good mate Alex filmed us using track mounts and limited studio lighting, but it all came together quite quickly. Overnight it hit over 50,000 views while we slept. It’s always nice to wake up to an inbox full of praise!

For those outsiders venturing to Brisvegas what are the top 3 things they need to do when in Brissie?

Grab a beer from one of the greatest places in town. These include Archive (West End), Newstead Brewery (Newstead) or Scratch (Milton). For those who don’t care too much for craft beer, you can’t beat  a Rics Bar late night hangs with your best mates. Live music is a must, and there is plenty going around the Valley. Choose, use and abuse! Failing that, Lookouts on Mt Cootha or Kangaroo Point are great places to ‘space out’.

You guys have some big fans. A notable one being Ja’mie King. Who is quichest member of Pigeon and why?

Luke, our sexy sax man has to take the “quichest member” award. Why? Because he plays sax and has a beard.

Danny’s solo project The Kite String Tangle has done pretty well the past 12 months. How do you manage the commitments of each band member when working on different projects? Can it be difficult at times?

It hasn’t really impinged on us yet. It’s pretty amazing seeing your fellow bandmate go viral with music that he’s always been producing. Good on him I say. I think seeing success in one project sparks initiative in all aspects of a musicians career. Music should be fun, creative and exciting. Anything above and beyond that is just a bonus.

If you could go back in time to any event or place where would Pigeon love to play a gig?

I think we would probably like to go back and play Splendour in the Grass, practicing with air keyboards and guitars in the back of a van to a click track. That first step out onto the stage was mental. If the time machine broke and we had groundhog day issues, that would be nice, thanks!

Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones?

Drugs or Sex & violence? I choose both.

You guys have been getting some airtime on Triple J for some time now, which is awesome. What do you think it takes for a song to get regular play on the J?

It really is awesome! I think the keywords here are resonance and emotion. If you can convey an emotion and it resonates with listeners (no matter what genre or complexity) you have a song that gets you known nationwide, which works well for the band and for the radio station.

The ‘Settle In’ EP was completely self-produced, mixed, mastered and recorded. Do you have a wish list of producers you’d like to work with or will this creative independence be something that continues long into the future?

Sure, for me personally I’d love to work and learn from as many producers or engineers possibly, because everyone has their own special sound. I’ve learnt tips from legend engineers such as Caleb James and Doug Roberts. I think however when it comes to Pigeon, no one puts more time and effort into a project than yourself. It’s pretty rare that someone can extract exactly what you want a track to be or sound like. I definitely think these qualities will continue through to our future releases.

How has the Pigeon sound evolved since the early days? 

I think we’ve become more focused on what sounds good to us. Our early music was a mix of everything, and we’ve learned that sometimes, everything can be too much. We’re really focusing on what aspects of music makes us want to show other people. I think our latest release is the closest thing we have to Pigeon perfection.

Back Back Forward Punch have been supporting you on this recent tour. Considering they’re a rising Melbourne act, how did you first hear about them?

Our good friend Jez from Acid Stag has been very supportive from the early stages of our career. He looks after Back Back Forward Punch. I think it kind of flowed from there. We’ve had some good hangs with Andy and Laura, so we’re really looking forward to this weekend in their home town of Melbourne.

Catch Pigeon last show of tour:

Friday 28th February –  CATS @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA
With Special Guests
Door Sales Only