Hailing from the Chicago suburbs is a band called Pigeon. What started out as a solo project for Dominic in 2011 has since evolved into a full fledged band called Pigeon (Dominic Glimco- vox/guitars, Chris Hartley- guitar, Jeff Bensmiller- bass and Steve Berger-drums) with a very indie college sound. Not a Ned’s Atomic Dustbin college sound. Take it down a few more notches and perhaps a very mellow That Petrol Emotion song or early Pop Will Eat Itself but much slower.
The songs come across as melancholy, depressing almost unless you listen to the lyrics then it becomes trance-like. Dominic’s vocals are a combination deliverance/ sound wise of Thom Yorke, A Gallagher brother and Brian Molko of Placebo.
In a sense I could compare them to Placebo the way that the guitar loops and the vocals are very monotone. There are a few songs that pick up the pace a little yet they still keep that very monotone feel. They have Kiaro Skuro formula going on. (Kiaro Skuro was a very popular indie rock college band a ways back.)
I would like to hear them take it up a notch vocally. There are a few songs that step up and have a beat that moves, I want the vocals to match that. There are a few songs that do just that and those are the ones that got my toes tapping. “I got a chilly willy” (I don’t, it’s the song title) is one such song. The further into the library I went the better the song compositions became, “Who Will Can”, “Where Are We”. They are in there, it’s just a matter of discovery.
When not working on the band Pigeon, Dominic and some of his close friends are hard at work on the indie record label Paperduck Records which they created to showcase the musical talent of the Naperville area. They have released a compilation cd last year with plans to release another one this summer.
Pigeon also has plans to play the Chicago and Champaign-Urbana areas so check them out if you are in the neighborhood.
There is a Facebook page for both Pigeon and Paperduck Records.
You can also check them and Paperduck Records out at the following links:
Happy listening. – NotHaydn