Hit the Pigeon Boy!
It's a Pretty Dark Place to Leave a Piece of Light


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 07/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bloom.

One of the most interesting aspects of music, I think, is the ability to capture one's own situation into the sounds presented. This emulation of oneself, and, in the situation of this album, feelings of youthful eclecticism, proves to be one of the most emotionally engaging aspects of music. And I don't mean songs like fun.'s "We Are Young." That is the complete opposite of what I am talking about. In fact, none of these "generational anthems" properly emulate this. And this is because they are "generational", this is because they are written for the time period, and they are not written to be introspective, but only to be easily swallowed. The feelings you have that you would never express, the words you whisper in your sleep, your memories, your innermost consciousness, and your own life are all absent in this sort of presentation. Not that there's anything wrong with this, there is nothing inherently wrong with these "anthems". All I'm saying is that they lack these qualities. Some might say the lack of pretense is even a good thing, it's accessible, goes down easy. There is nothing wrong with this point of view.

Hit The Pigeon Boy!, however, perfectly capture this sense of true youth, while also playing delightful and palatable music.

Hit The Pigeon Boy! are an emo band from Tel Aviv, Israel, and, although unbeknownst to most people, over the last few years Israel has had a large influx of emo bands including: Bonjour Machines, Kaonashi, Octopaul, and Lunamore. HTPG! have actually been around for a while, but it wasn't until the disbanding of Bonjour Machines and Kaonashi that they finally recorded and released their songs. And I won't sugarcoat it, the recording quality is far from professional. It's probably important to take into consideration that this album's title is postfaced with "(Demo)." The recording quality, however, in no way inhibits the quality of the music. There is no loss of power. Actually, there may even be an increase in the effectiveness of the music being played. When a perfect song like "Boy, How Fast Can You Run?" comes along, with all of its ups and downs, as well as build-ups and releases that occur during its four minute time span, the performance, and more importantly, how we hear the performance, is essential.

The band's aesthetic is also something that is definitely worth mentioning. They are, at their core, an emo band. They have twinkly guitars, energetic drums, vocals that go from calm singing to distorted shouts, nothing they play is excessively complex or novel. While their songwriting and lyrics are excellent and well above that of most newer emo bands, the main thing that separates them is the use of a saxophone. The inclusion of this single instrument adds an ample amount to their sound, and makes the immense climaxes just that much more effective, that much more loud. Especially with the climactic closer "Skies", with massive gang vocals reciting the closing line atop a frantic saxophone solo.

Every song on this album explores different ideas, and different visions, but they are all tied together with this particular theme. A theme of youth, and all of the feelings that come with it. The joy, the confusion, the sadness, the innocence, and everything you felt as a child, and everything your consciousness continues to hold on to in order to retain some sort of youthful spirit. The music isn't perfect. Not every song is as good as the last. But all of these qualities are there, and they stay true to this through their songs.



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YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tell me how much of an idiot i am

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ExplosiveOranges
September 28th 2014


3913 Comments


Not bad, Yak. Intro paragraph is a little too poetic and whatnot for my taste, but great review nonetheless. Pos.

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YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks yo, i thought the first paragraph might come off as a little bit pretentious but i thought it was
important to describe my feelings on the album

Lethean
September 28th 2014


1019 Comments


no pretench

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YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pls

VaxXi
September 28th 2014


759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh boy, looks like the emo revival scene has made 2014 the year of long ass album titles.

What a terrible time to be alive

VaxXi
September 28th 2014


759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alright, took a quick browse, its alright but their vocalist and bassist Idan really drags the group down. His vocals are incredibly grating and he plays really awkwardly with his bass stuff, especially that into in dents and his tabs in the last song.

I mean, it doesn't really matter anyways since like any other emo band theyll release an EP or two and then just suddenly vanish from the face of the earth so...

YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

vocals are perfect tho

VaxXi
September 28th 2014


759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

When he screams the first thing that comes to my mind is Arnie Grape, which now that im saying this out loud Im actually really regretting it oh gosh.

Anyways, he has some good melody drive at times, but a lot of transitions from screaming and normal vocals is really offputting and kinda sloppy. I guess its common for emo music but its far from my preferred cup of tea.

YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i feel you

and lmao, that whole nasally thing is pretty standard from isreali emo bands, took some getting used to

YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tbh the first song here is by far my fave

VaxXi
September 28th 2014


759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree, that and day at a zoo with its sax intro are the stand outs of the album, everything else can burn though

YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Skies is really great too i think, Dents is the only one here that i'm not entirely in love with. but yeah sax in Day at the Zoo is amazing

YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks lakie :]}

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2014


6584 Comments


I like how pretty much all of your reviews are 5, 4.5, or 4. Well-earned pos my friend.

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YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks brahhhh!!!

i actually wanna do this 1.5 review that i've been planning on doing for a while but i just dread listening to the album lol

VaxXi
September 28th 2014


759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what album is it?

YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this gem http://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=165779

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2014


6584 Comments


should 1.5 for that title alone tbh

YakNips
September 28th 2014


13340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's some of the worst music i've heard



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