When I was young my group of friends and I watched football matches together, we had a ping rule!. Every time a goal was scored, it said ping in the TV broadcast. That was the signal to drink up the glass! Ping is more than drinking on command and in fact Ping is a serious prog ensemble with much humor and spontaneity!
The Zig Zag Manoeuvre might be the description of Ping in 2014, navigating their way out of the ashes of their studio/rehearsal room for thirteen years. When the dust had settled, most of the instruments were immolated, but crucially, all unpublished pieces of music survived. The song A Hammer Falling From The Sky, which can be heard on the album, was recorded just two days before the studio went up in flames. A long and arduous process later, with a slight change of personnel, Ping now re-emerges with a roller coaster record, destined to inspire or dull the masses. Expect hiccups and downs, mental order and disorientation, out-of-tune harmonics, as well as motivating and unsettling lyrics. The album The Zigzag Manoeuvre will be released November 20th. The track God Made My Day,
The band states, «Fret no more – the long wait is officially over, as Ping reemerge with a brand new rocker from the upcoming album The Zigzag Manoeuvre. God Made My Day is a hard rocking vision of post-apocalyptic Russia, sparked with enthusiasm and Jamiroquaiesque chorus. Once again, impressive cover art by painter Christer Karlstad and designer Martin Kvamme. All instruments are played by the usual suspects, including the sensational Kristoffer Berre Alberts breathing air rhythmically through his portable single-reed brass artifact».
Ping based in Oslo is playing experimental Norwegian rock since last millennium. Inspiration from diverse artists like Zappa, Melvins, Fred Frith, Ween, dEUS, Tom Waits and Wilco can be heard through all albums, combining elements from 60´s roots to modern metal and electronica. The process of arranging and recording is unorthodox, where humor and spontaneity is highly appreciated; creative use of various instruments and vocal arrangements flow through a number of genres. Most songs are made through a process of communal improvisation, while the result often is well-considered and thoughfully arranged.
Line-up: Jørgen Greiner, vocals and bass, Mattis Janitz, guitars, Tore Hofstad, keyboards, Roald Madland, synth, Mats Monstad, drums and percussion, Bjørn Arne Johansen, guitars and Kristoffer Berre Alberts, saxophone. Backing vocals and various instruments by Ping.