You have to give credit to those bands that come up with a unique and memorable name. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is a band that has certainly done that. On the new album Pizazz, the band shows that its music is as memorable as its name.
The album begins with "Fun in Funk", a party song that immediately grabs the attention particularly with the funky bass line. Then you hear the chorus, "We put the fun in funk. It's stanky like a skunk", and you can feel yourself being reeled in. The instrumental break features some pretty solid work on the guitar backed by the rhythm section that is definitely the backbone of the song. This is a good warmup for the rest of the album.
"Doc" is another great funk song that just might get stuck in your head. This has a classic-funk feel - especially with the addition of horns. The guitar is clean and the rhythm section will get you swaying. Crank the volume on this one so everyone in earshot can get a sample of the feel-good funk of this tune.
"Fox and Toad" is a bit different than the rest of the songs on the album. It opens with a sort of calypso sound, which you hear in the guitar throughout the song. With its bouncy melody and vocal delivery, this song is reminiscent of Barenaked Ladies. It also has some similarities to Phish especially in the guitar and at the end of the song when the backing vocals repeat "pulling over on the side of the road with the fox and the toad and the traffic cone". This is the kind of song that can get stuck in your head for an entire day and you won't really mind.
"Poseidon" is another song that's a bit different than the rest. Granted it does have the funky feel - especially in the bass - like the rest of the album. The difference can be heard in the instrumental break, which takes a turn toward The Allman Brothers. Probably the best thing to do during the instrumental break is to crank the volume, sit back, and enjoy it.
This album is very well done. At a time when our society has taken toward the serious, it's enjoyable to hear some good-time music. This album provides a full dose of good-time music. If you're a fan of funk, this is an album you'll enjoy. Pizazz (SRG-ILS Group) will be available everywhere on October 20.