Up, Guards and at 'Em!

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Up, Guards and at 'Em!'
Studio album by The Pigeon Detectives
Released 4 April 2011 (UK)
Recorded April–November 2010
Genre Indie rock[1]
Label Dance to the Radio
Producer Justin Gerrish
The Pigeon Detectives chronology
Up, Guards and at 'Em!'
We Met At Sea
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
BBC (unfavourable) link
Drowned in Sound (4/10) link
NME (6/10) link
The Scotsman 2/5 stars link
State 1/5 stars link

Up, Guards and at 'Em! is the third full length studio album by Leeds based Indie rock band The Pigeon Detectives. Following the 2009 album Emergency. It was released on 4 April 2011.

The band released two tracks off the album 'She Wants Me' and 'Done in Secret' in the build up to the album launch with the second release 'Done In Secret' to be the first single off the Album.


After the release of their second album in as many years, The Pigeon Detectives took a break from touring and recording. In the summer of 2010 however they set about recording their third album. Working with producer Justin Gerrish and recorded in New York City, the album has been described by frontman Matt Bowman as coming from a "mature" slant.

Release and Reception[edit]

Up, Guards and at 'Em! was released to a generally mixed reception, scoring 51/100 at website aggregator Metacritic which indicates Mixed or average reviews.[2] The album charted at no. 30 on the UK album chart.[3] The singles, "Done In Secret" and "Lost" failed to chart in the UK on either the UK Singles Chart or the indie chart.


Along with the release of the Album the band have announced a UK Tour covering 14 Venues. Along with the release of this tour they were also announced on the Main Stage for Reading and Leeds Festivals in August. [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Oliver Main and Matt Bowman.

  1. "She Wants Me"
  2. "Lost"
  3. "What Can I Say"
  4. "Need to Know This"
  5. "Done in Secret"
  6. "What You Gonna Do?"
  7. "Turn Out the Lights"
  8. "Through the Door"
  9. "Go at It Completely"
  10. "I Don't Know You"


  • Matt Bowman – vocals
  • Oliver Main – guitar
  • Ryan Wilson – guitar
  • Dave Best – bass
  • Jimmi Naylor – drums