The Lone Pigeon
is the project of former Beta Band
mate Gordon Anderson
. Formerly called the Pigeons
, the Beta Band
has achieved critical success across the globe and Anderson witnessed the start. He co-wrote the popular "Dry the Rain," "B+A," and "Dogs Got a Bone" from the Champion Versions EP as well as "The Cow's Wrong" from the band's eponymous full-length debut. An illness, however, forced Anderson
back to his home in Scotland, leaving the Beta Band
to carry on without him.
The new millennium gave new life for Anderson
. He tweaked his quirky cool musical weirdness back home in Fife, Scotland, and the Fence label took notice. They issued two albums -- Moses and 28 Secret Tracks -- via mail order in 2000. The next spring, the London indie label Bad Jazz released the Touched By Tomoko EP. NME and BBC Radio jumped on it immediately and the EP sold out in one day. Stateside fans finally got a taste shortly thereafter when the Lone Pigeon
released Concubine Rice
in summer 2002. Producer Joe Robinson (Badly Drawn Boy, Alfie) hooked up with Anderson for the March 2004 release of Schoozzzmmii.