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King Kong

by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong blends infectious funk grooves with psychedelic jams and intoxicating energy.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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In the two years since they released their most recent studio album, ‘Pizazz,’ psych-funk trailblazers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have co-billed at Red Rocks, played halftime at Madison Square Garden, performed on Adult Swim’s FishCenter Live, celebrated the tenth anniversary of their beloved Domefest, and even landed their first headline arena show. What’s the secret to their success? Let’s just call it “bird of mouth.”

“Our fans call themselves The Flock,” says guitarist/vocalist Greg Ormont, “and they’ve created one of the biggest, most active fan communities on the internet. Everything we do is for them, so it’s been unbelievably rewarding to watch them grow with us on this amazing journey.”

Hailed as “musical explorers” by Rolling Stone, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong first took flight roughly a decade ago at the University of Maryland. Fueled by a relentless work ethic and an ecstatic sound, the fun-loving four-piece quickly earned a reputation for epic, blissed-out concerts that blended infectious funk grooves with psychedelic jams and intoxicating energy. Glide called the group “a band that melts faces and pulls no punches,” while Relix praised them as “joyous” and “dance-worthy,” and Jambase described them simply as a “powerhouse.” Over the course of three acclaimed studio albums, meanwhile, the boys from Baltimore racked up more than twenty million streams on Spotify, landed festival slots from Bonnaroo to Electric Forest, and collaborated with members of Vulfpeck, The Revivalists, Umphrey's McGee and The String Cheese Incident, among others. This fall, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong—Ormont, fellow guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Schon, bassist Ben Carrey, and drummer Alex Petropulos—will return to the road for some of their biggest headline shows yet, performing to tens of thousands of fans coast-to-coast in the run-up to their annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza.

“I think everything boils down to the live show for us,” says Ormont. “We really don’t hold back when it comes to sharing how happy and excited we are to be on stage, and that lets the audience know that it’s okay to show the world how much fun they’re having, too. We embrace the excitement and enthusiasm of our live concert experience with hopes of generating the kind of positivity we wish to see in the world all the time.”

When they’re not on the road, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong can almost always be found in their practice space and in the studio, writing and recording a near-constant flow of fresh material. The band’s explosive new single, “King Kong,” offers a sneak peek of what they’ve been up to lately, with lightspeed guitar work and funky horns anchored by a rock-solid rhythm section and wry, playful lyrics.

“We started doing this for fun in a college dorm room,” reflects Ormont. “Now we get to do it for fun in an arena. ”

Who knows where the fun will lead next? For Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and their Flock, the sky’s the limit.



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