Philadelphia is popping off this week with plenty of great events and shows for all you music fans out there. Earlier this week we released a full preview of the weekend, detailing all the upcoming wonderful performances. The kickstarter for the weekend is Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s show at North Star Bar on Thursday, May 22nd. The Baltimore group has been annihilating venues with funky dance grooves for several years now. After their debut FUNK EP, the flock returned to the studio to put forth their newest creation, Psychology, the band’s latest studio album, which will be released July 3rd. We were able to catch up with one of the birds, Greg Ormont, contributor of guitar and vocals for the band. Be sure to check out the details on the new album, along with plenty of other insight into the Pigeons Playing Ping Pong project below.
F: How long has Pigeons Playing Ping Pong been together as a cohesive group?
Greg Ormont: First of all, thanks for calling us a cohesive group. Our first practice as a foursome was in December 2007 at the University of Maryland, and Jeremy and I have been playing together since the day we met in fall 2006.
F: Did you grow up in a musical household? Who were some artists you were listening to growing up?
G.O.: My house wasn’t overtly ‘musical’ per say, but we definitely listened to music all the time, like at the dinner table. I grew up on classic rock. Eric Clapton, The Who, Pink Floyd. Being from Long Island, I also got a lot of Billy Joel, along with Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sting, that sort of thing.
F: When did you first get interested in playing?
I’ve been performing on stage since I can remember. I was the “doggy in the window” in the kindergarten circus and never looked back. Playing guitar came way later. I first started getting a real itch to play live in my early college years.
F: And who would you say you pull inspiration from now?
G.O.: Every source available, from young bands like Tauk and Twiddle to classics like Phish and Talking Heads. We listen to a lot of different music in the van, from Chick Corea to Les Claypool to Air.
F: Do you play any other instruments?
G.O.: Balloons. And sax, piano, and the recorder.
Do think you develop better musical ideas in the studio, or during your live performances?
G.O.: Live for me, without a doubt. I’m not a huge fan of the studio, at least for playing guitar. It’s too sterile. I play better when
everyone’s energy is in the air and we’re all working together to achieve a great moment, both musically and beyond.
F: Does Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have any releases hitting us soon?
G.O.: Abso-freakin-lutely! Our next album, Psychology, comes out July 3rd at the 9:30 Club in DC and will be available at
www.pigeonsplayingpingpong.com, iTunes, Spotify, etc. Words can’t express how stoked we are to have a new studio album out, the Flock deserves high quality!
F: Well thanks a lot, anything else you’d like to say to the fans?
G.O.: We love Philly! We’re sorry to see the Blockley closed, we really enjoyed that venue. We hope our Philly Flock comes out strong at our first show at North Star Bar. These birds are looking for a new nest!
Also check out Domefest, our 2-day music and camping festival at Trip’s Farm in beautiful Terra Alta, West Virginia, featuring 2 sets of Pigeons, Twiddle, The Mantras, Turkuaz (with a second set performing Stop Making Sense), BIG Something, Yellow Dubmarine and many other great up-and-comers!! All info is at www.domefestival.com. Thanks for reaching out!