PIZZAGIRL releases ‘dennis’, the lackadaisical sunny centre-piece to debut album ‘first timer’ – out October 11th via Heist or Hit
Having proudly and ambitiously proclaimed ‘fun is back!’ on the announcement of his debut album ‘first timer’ earlier this summer – release date October 11th via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Honey Moon, Baywaves) – Pizzagirl tells no lie. His enthusiastic mantra is backed up once more by the release of sunny, quirky album centre-piece ‘dennis’. A light-hearted, lackadaisical tune with a touch of late-summer melancholy adding additional flavour, ‘dennis’ is head-bobbing, toe-tapping earworm primed for hazy festival afternoons.
Pizzagirl presents it as such: “I’m proud to introduce to you the class clown of the album, dennis!! A bitter, meta, foot-long sub of jealousy, sports and that 43 year old guy who just stole your girl, all wrapped up in a neat little single length grease proof wrapping! Free cookie on the side if you want it?”
Pizzagirl, AKA Liam Brown, comes out of a similar DIY-pop space, defined by his own rules, to GusDapperton, FrankieCosmos, DeclanMcKenna or Clairo but with a weirder and more extroverted streak. This is established by his cues taken from 80 and 90s film soundtracks, as well as ArielPink, or New Wave legends DavidByrne and DEVO. There’s even a nod to KellyClarkson and noughties emo on the record; he exemplifies a typical pop culture magpie approach of Gen Z’ers.
Over 18 months his hyperactive brand of pop has been fine-tuned to an esoteric art. The result is a technicolour album of split-personality genre jumping that’ll have you bopping, laughing and crying before the closing credits. Each track across the album is a different costume for Pizzagirl to wear, reflecting different moods and emotions, expressed as loose vignettes tied together as a complete whole.
Some songs are autobiographical to varying degrees, and others are entirely fanciful. The outcome is an uncanny but internally coherent alternative reality with Pizzagirl as the off-kilter protagonist.
Champions of Pizzagirl at press come in the form of national broadsheets in The Guardian or The Sunday Times, pop-culture touchstones in Noisey (Vice) or 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 BBCRadio 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. This show will be taken around the UK and Europe this Autumn in support of the record (dates below).
‘dennis’ is out on September 5th via Heist or Hit, and is the new single from Pizzagirl’s debut album first timer, out October 11th.
Pre-order here link: https://orcd.co/pizzagirl
first timer Tracklisting
- ball’s gonna keep on rollin’
- body biology
- cut and paste
- goodnight (feat. Aseul)
21st September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
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