Next Wave #886: Pizzagirl
Dripping in 80’s tinted electronica (and thankfully not pepperoni and lashings of tomato puree), Pizzagirl is the Liverpudlian superhero that you never knew you needed until now. Known to his grandma and the local post office as Liam Brown, the man is a triple threat; writer, producer and musician, and he is ready to feed the world with his audible, and certainly not edible, offerings.
Born out of a flatpack mini studio nestled into the corner of his Aintree bedroom, the DIY extraordinaire is a colourful explosion of lo-fi, whimsical pop that will frolic through your brain radio for days upon end after the first listen. “I’d imagine my music fitting in well in pop-up ads and novelty viruses,” laughs Pizzagirl, “I think it has that tacky, shameless flavour that’s only found in the deepest, darkest corners of the early internet web pages. I hope it’s the soundtrack to many a conspiracy chat room!”
Although streaming his latest EP ‘Season 2’ will not cause your electronic device to combust in a ball of flames, it is a buoyant, synthy six parter that will have you shamelessly dancing in front of your bedroom mirror (obligatory hairbrush microphone in tow). ‘Gymnasium’ utilises exotic, almost junglist rhythm against the lingering, forlorn lyricism of ‘Call It A Day’ shows the impressive contrast that the artist can tip-toe between, whilst constantly retaining his European-esque quirkiness.
Alongside the wonderfully weird tunes, his musical pseudonym seems to be that of a superhero from a subsequent acid trip or perhaps the lady of his dreams; “I like the idea of being a wacky pizza slinging vigilante planting pepperoni traps and slinging mozzarella across New York, but I also quite like the idea of falling in love at the doorstep for five seconds when a humble delivery cutie pie hands me pies?! The name is open to interpretation!”
Bouncing between being Liam and his alter-ego seems to be a feat that is similar to that of a drink before a first date, the Dutch courage to be flagrantly yourself without the impending fear that you are, in fact, being too authentic to comprehend.
He laughs: “Pizzagirl to me is the most tactless and unashamed version of myself! I always love the most loud and disgustingly bold aspects of internet pop culture so having a vehicle to channel all this into is fun for me! When I feel like I’m Liam is when I’m just at home surfing the world wide web eating a snack and kicking back, but I think Pizzagirl is who I’d like to be all the time; I’m jealous of her”.
His music is reflective in that sense, an introvert concocting sounds that he only wishes were his constant state, a dreamscape of what he could be if the apprehension of accepting your identity wasn’t such a daunting aspect of the generation in which we live in. A roaring debut of ‘Favourite Song’, a punchy upbeat slice that exudes nostalgia and paved the pathway for the Pizzagirl persona that’s seeing his Spotify ratings sky rocket by the day, was the birthing of the alternative bubblegum pop meets obscure hopeless romantic we’ve been longing for.
“I find it exciting how accessible music is to everyone; I find it so cool to think that I could sit in my little beat-zzeria and churn out some silly songs that could be the soundtrack to someone’s day, whether it be a good day or not so good! Seeing comments from people saying they heard it on their in-flight entertainment to then hear people say they heard it in a Polish bicycle shop will blow my little brain forever!”
With a Christmas single already under his belt and technicolour tinged world domination imminent, Pizzagirl is a best served with garlic bread force to be reckoned with. With a slew of continental shows incoming - including dates in Dortmund and Berlin - is there a sense of perplexity as to what awaits him outside of the comfort of his creative cubbyhole?
“I’m scared of all the pizza sponsorships that may well roll in! I like to maintain a ripped and shredded physique and being at peak physical performance is crucial when being Pizzagirl, but if Pizza Hut come knocking with free slices and merch, I fear that I may not be able to resist and become plump and thicc, which may not be so bad actually!”
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Words: Becca Fergus
Photo Credit: John Latham
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