Pigeons Playing Ping Pong frontman Greg Ormont gives the drummer some major props when talking about the group's upcoming fourth album, Pizazz, which comes out Friday and is premiering exclusively below.
Ormont fully credits Alex Petropulos, who's been with the funk-focused jam band since 2015, with the creative advancements the Baltimore quartet has made on Pizazz. "This is our first record with him on it, and he's really elevated our music," Ormont tells Billboard. "He's really breathed a ton of life into our songs and our catalog. He's a phenomenal musician, a very hard worker. When we finish a concert he walks backstage, takes out his phone and starts watching drum videos. So even just recording (Pizazz) was like night and day. Our original drummer (Dan Schwartz) was great, but this guy is next level. Even our engineer in the studio was like, 'He, man, you got to hold on to this dude...'"
Petropulos' influence has been felt beyond just the music, too. "His work ethic has us working harder," Ormont acknowledges. "It inspires us to watch guitar videos when we come off stage. It's nice when someone so proficient works so hard every day, striving for greatness. It really is a breath of fresh air."