Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Album Review: Pleasure


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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is a four-man up-beat psychedelic funk band out of Baltimore, Maryland. With Greg on lead vocals and guitar Jeremy on guitar and vocals, Ben on bass and vocals and last, but not least Alex on drums and electronics, these boys bring an undeniable level of energy and enthusiasm to their live shows. This same positive energy and uplifting enthusiasm shined through on their latest album, Pleasure. Compiled of 11 tracks, it’s seemingly impossible not to have a continuous smile while listen from start to finish.

Pleasure, starts off with “Live It Up”, and that is exactly what this tune makes you want to do. It’s funky, electronic sound makes your body wiggle and warm smile stretch across your face. Most definitely sets the tone for the rest of the tracks.

“Live It Up” seamlessly fades into “Walk Outside”, another high energy tune with reggae, island feel that holds strong guitar riffs and equally strong vocals. If you have ever seen a PPPP show live you know they are some of the most animated, energetic dudes in the jam scene. “Walk Outside” is the tune I cannot wait to see them jam out to live.

When I made it to the fifth track, “Fade Fast” that is when I truly became a fan of Pleasure. It started out all funky, making you bounce. Then the vocals started to get stronger, heavier. Then right back into the funk, right back into the jam. Start to finish, this song had it all.

Track seven, “Bad for You” where you get the chance to mellow out. It is a little groovier, with a slightly less energy, but still holds a killer guitar solo. This flirty tune adds diversity to the album. It shows the boys can be hard hitting, but also get down and really feel the vibe.

The album concludes with “Penguins” a silly, upbeat track. They ended the album in true Pigeons fashion. Funny and free.

With an April release date the boys really had their audience in mind. They knew their fans are longing for the lurking festival season, and waiting for warmth and sunshine to come again. That is exactly what feelings this album brought me. It made me ready to be in a grassy field, with my hoop and these tunes booming in the background. Pleasure could not have been a better title because that it was it brought me.

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