Out Now: ‘First Timer’ by Pizzagirl
“Blending the AM-radio aesthetic of Ariel Pink with FM-fidelity 80s pop” – The Guardian
“Pizzagirl makes music that sounds like all your fave 80s movies” – Noisey
“ambitious ’80s-tinged pop” – NME
‘First Timer‘, the debut album by Pizzagirl, is out now!
Pizzagirl, or Liam Brown to give his off-screen name, has fine-tuned his hyperactive DIY-pop to an esoteric art. The result is technicolour debut album first timer.
It’s a triumph in world-building and split-personality genre jumping that’ll have you bopping, laughing and crying before the closing credits. Introverted in daily life, Liam uses Pizzagirl as a flamboyant alter-ego – the tracks across the album are different costumes for him to wear, reflecting different moods and emotions, expressed as loose vignettes tied together as a complete whole.
Sometimes songs are autobiographical to varying degrees, of his own life and sentiments and sometimes they’re entirely fanciful. The outcome is an uncanny but internally coherent alternative reality with Pizzagirl as the off-kilter protagonist.
Across 10 tracks he connects the dots between 80s John Hughes soundtracks, the oddball-pop flair of Ariel Pink, and New Wave icons David Byrne, DEVO. He also takes cues from a similar bedroom-pop space, defined by his own rules, as Clairo, Gus Dapperton or Brad Stank. The approach exemplifies a typical pop cultural magpie approach of Gen Z’ers.
First single body biology is inspired by the bubble, fizz and pop of campy science flicks, album opener ball’s gonna keep on rollin’ follows a roller-coaster search for showbiz and daytrip juxtaposes a colourful, jokey sonic template against dark themes of spiking someone with hallucinogens.
Irresistible earworm dennis and yesterday are a sunny, lackadaisical end to side-A, teaming up with side B opener library to provide a chirpy central trio. thispartysux is an homage to Kelly Clarkson before ugly and cut and paste bring the tone down, before blissful goodnight, a duet with South Korean singer Aseul closes the book.
Champions of Pizzagirl at press come in the form of national broadsheets in The Guardian or The Sunday Times, popculture touchstones in Noisey (Vice), i-D and Highsnobiety as well as cutting edge indie stalwarts NME, DIY, DORK and The Line of Best Fit. Radio wise too DJs are lining up to call themselves fans, with the UK’s premiere trusted ears in Annie Mac, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1 and Lauren Laverne, Shaun Keaveny and Radcliffe & Maconie at BBC 6 Music all backing his tracks.
The live show is part one-man band exhibition, and part demob happy TV host veering dangerously off-script. Liam flicks easily between danceable funky pop jams, cheesy karaoke and touching, emotive song-writing, all whilst delivering surreal jokes and anecdotes.