Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – They will funk you up and down and leave you feeling overly satisfied and maybe a little mind raped. On August 31st, they played at Syracuse’s Westcott Theater, embarking on their Fall tour in support of their forthcoming album, Pizazz. Due out in a few weeks, Pizazz is sure to be a hit. Stay tuned to their website and social media for a release date.
The band was excited to step off the large outdoor festival stages that consume their summer dates and get back to the smaller and more intimate indoor venues. They treated the packed house to a good cross section of their talents. Some songs were absolute improvisational wonders. The entire show was an exceptional jam odyssey. “Walk Outside” was built into a crazy jam, as was “Julia.” Both contained monster jams that led into other instrumental wonders. After “Penguins,” they played a brand new song they recently wrote since the recording of Pizazz. Not sure of the name, but this song rocked almost to a punk rock level more than it funked. Good stuff!
They played the classic funk throwback original “Something For Ya,” as well as an unfamiliar version of the Beatles classic, “Get Back,” that was perfectly funked up with the Pigeon’s signature flavor. These four Pigeons even proved themselves to be expert sandwich makers, as they sandwiched the gem of the “Night at the Roxbury” Soundtrack, “What Is Love?”, in the middle of a monstrous “Schwanthem.”
The opening night of the Fall Pizazz tour also featured the PPPP classics “Burning Up My Time,” “Horizon,” and “Bad For You,” before closing the night with their anthem of indulgence, known as “Liquid.” A double encore consisted of the new classic “Henrietta” followed by a final “At the Cliffs” which took a comical turn as the chorus, which began as “Smoking weed at the cliffs,” transformed by song’s end to, “Smoking week after this!”
Stay tuned for the release of Pizazz by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, due out this Fall. As of this writing, Amazon has a release date listed as October 20th. Get your most current news at their official website or social media pages.
Photography by Jerrie DiFabio