Living up to the vibrant name, Pizzagirl makes infectious, off-kilter pop that feels like the soundtrack to a forgotten John Hughes movie. The creative alias of Liam Brown, he offers a kaleidoscopic, effervescent sonic universe to dive into, from the instantly-nostalgic and endearingly-cheesy ‘ball’s gonna keep on rolling’ – you can almost picture the decadent 80s montage – to the emotive balladry of ‘yesterday’, or the emo-tinged grooves of ‘dennis’.
It’s an undeniably infectious, jubilant listen and exactly the kind of shimmering pop goodness we need to transport us away from a grey and rainy winter.
Ahead of his European tour, with a stopover in Berlin, we invited Pizzagirl to give us an insight into the tracks that have inspired him and contributed to the existence of his fantastic debut album, first timer.
MICHAEL JACKSON – MAN IN THE MIRROR
I think this is a pretty obvious reference for ‘library’ in my mind [laughs]. It’s a big, chunky pop ballad that makes me want to change the world for five minutes, so instead of changing the world, I made a song about falling in love in a library – fitting!
ARIEL PINK – FEELS LIKE HEAVEN
Ariel Pink had been playing on my Spotify a lot around the time of making ‘daytrip’, especially the really cute, ‘Feels Like Heaven’. It’s a really simple song, and it makes me feel sad when I heard it, so I wanted to transfer that into my own music with a big, sickly-sweet chorus to match too 🙂
KELLY CLARKSON – SINCE U BEEN GONE
It couldn’t be my debut album if I didn’t slip a pop-punk ripper in there! Drum machine, overdrive on the guitar and emo lyrics are big references I used on ‘thispartysux’, and yet again another big soppy chorus to make you feel angry!
HOME – RESONANCE
Another one of those songs that makes me feel instantly sad. I found a synth that made me feel the same instant sadness and because of that, it also made me very happy. I played some chords which I can’t remember and kept the arrangement simple, like in ‘Resonance’, and I felt like I’d made my own little slice of sad, on ‘goodnight.! Plus, the vocals from Aseul make me want to cry!
GRIMES – KILL V. MAIM
I’ve loved Grimes forever and, as I was making ‘cut and paste’, I was thinking about the energy in her music, and ‘Kill V. Maim’ is one that is full of that energy! It’s a crazy direct song and I wanted to scream on a track – so I thought this would be the one to try it out on.
Pizzagirl will be supporting Trudy And The Romance at Zukunft am Ostkreuz on 21st November, tickets here.
More tour dates below:
23rd November – Le Pop-Up du Label, Paris, France
24th November – Upstairs at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
26th November – The Shacklewell Arms, London, United Kingdom
27th November – Yes (Basement), Manchester, United Kingdom
28th November – Phase One, Liverpool, United Kingdom
30th November – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds, United Kingdom