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PIZZAGIRL drops ‘yesterday’ as the last preview of debut album ‘first timer’, out on Friday

Liam Brown who goes by the moniker Pizzagirl has fine-tuned his DIY-pop to an art. The result is a technicolor debut album first timer, out on October 11th via Heist or Hit. 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 JohnHughes soundtracks, the oddball-pop flair of ArielPink, and New Wave icons DavidByrneDEVO. He also takes cues from a similar bedroom-pop space, defined by his own rules, as Clairo,GusDapperton 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 the blissful ‘goodnight’, a duet with South Korean singer Aseul closes the book.

His latest single drop is right before the album’s release, yesterday is a piano-driven song that showcases the never-ending talent and diversity of Brown. We have this on repeat, never tiring of his soothing voice. Listen to yesterday below.

first timer is out on October 11th via Heist or Hit.

first timer Tracklisting

  1. ball’s gonna keep on rollin’
  2. daytrip
  3. body biology
  4. dennis
  5. yesterday
  6. library
  7. thispartysux
  8. ugly
  9. cut and paste
  10. goodnight (feat. Aseul)

To see Pizzagirl live:

14th October – Rough Trade, Bristol (in-store)
15th October – Rough Trade, Nottingham (in-store)
21st November – Auster-Club, Berlin
22nd November – Yuca, Cologne
23rd November – Le Pop-Up du Label, Paris
24th November – Upstairs at Paradiso, Amsterdam
26th November – The Shacklewell Arms, London
27th November – Yes (Basement), Manchester
28th November – Phase One, Liverpool
30th November – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds


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