Schon: We decided to name it "Funk EP" even though it's not actually an EP, because we thought it was kind of funny. It's "Funk EP," like, "Funky Pigeons."

Ormont: We also have a song named "Funk E. Zekiel," so "Funk EP" just clicked. We don't take ourselves too seriously, so when we said it, we laughed, and there it is.

Carrey: You have to give us a break — we were in college at the time.

You guys have spent a lot of time on the road. Do you have a good tour story?

Ormont: Our first trip down to West Virginia was Ben's birthday weekend. We basically don't know anyone from Maryland to West Virginia, except for one person. Sure enough, our car broke down in Frostburg, four hours from our first shows in West Virginia, and we were stuck. The van was shot; it never made it back. That was it for the Suburban.

Fortunately, we did know one person from a previous tour. A friend of his picked us up and brought us to his house. We got his mom's minivan — a soccer mom minivan. He just gave it to us for the weekend. We loaned some gear from the bands we were playing with in West Virginia and had a tremendously fun weekend.

Carrey: To be fair, I did make him a collage with a bunch of ripped-up Pigeons stickers that I left in his car afterward. He got probably the better end of the deal.

If you go

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performs Friday at the 8x10, 8-10 E. Cross St. DeltaNine and the Mantras also perform. 8 p.m. $10. Call 410-625-2000 or go to

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