PIZZAGIRL releases new single ‘Sugar Ray’
‘Softcore Mourn’ album out July 16th via Heist or Hit
Liverpool alt-pop icon Pizzagirl releases melancholic indie-pop jammer ‘Sugar Ray’, the latest cut from upcoming album ‘Softcore Mourn’ – out July 16th via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Brad Stank, Eades).
Underpinned by a purposeful drumbeat, various melody lines entangle in each other effortlessly throughout. Whether they’re delivered by Liam Brown’s singsong vocals, warm synths or warped guitar, each is more of an earworm than the last. The result is a song that’ll be rattling around your head long after the record static pops.
Whilst largely following the well-established Pizzagirl playbook – including slightly surreal, observational lyrics that nonetheless pack an emotional punch – the tone-shift to end the song is an evolution. Thrashing cymbals and maxed-out overdrive provide a backdrop for Liam’s anguished vocals to evoke mid-00s emo. This follows previous singles and the album at large in its recourse to aching post-y2k pressure.
Pizzagirl himself elaborates: “Here’s my third single “sugar ray” – not really a break up song this time, but from a moment a few months after perhaps. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’d like to think that you and that old flame from many phones ago still listen to that one really bad song from time to time, and maybe it’s this one. Who knows ? Be right back!”
‘Sugar Ray’ focuses on this hypnotic groove emitting from the repeated loop of crucial textures. The electronic formation starts and then the captivating vocal melodies from Pizzagirl ooze charm and direct the ensemble. Those whirling tones become the perfect collaboration to the softer vocal notes, ultimately combining soft tones with this pop-infused electric flavour. Pop hooks, addictive melodies, and this crucial lyrical course that delivers this realm of reality, intimacy, and lashes of emotion yet delivered within this joyous wealth of upbeat textures. Another track to prove the album we are longing for will be filled with greatness.
Pizzagirl has earned acclaim across the board with a persona that is part surreptitious hit maker and part clinically-out-of-it TV host veering dangerously off script. The Guardian and The Sunday Times have offered broadsheet credibility, and indie titans in NME, DIY and DORK, as well as documenters of style and culture at The FADER, VICE, Clash and The Line of Best Fit have offered championing words.
On the airwaves a host of DJs have labelled themselves fans, including Annie Mac and Gemma Bradley at BBC Radio 1; Lauren Laverne, Shaun Keaveny and Radcliffe & Maconie at BBC 6 Music; as well as Travis Holocombe at KCRW.
As well as solo tours through the UK and Europe, he’s been invited to play at SXSW, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and more.
Tour Dates – Tickets Link
7th August – Rivfest, Warrington
13th October – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
14th October – Lexington, London
15th October – YES Basement, Manchester
‘Softcore Mourn’ Track-Listing
- Softcore Mourn
- Car Freshener Aftershave
- Al Pacino
- Bullet Train
- By The Way
- Your Flat Earth Brother (In The Blades Of Grass)
- Golden Ratio
- Sugar Ray
- My Favourite Restaurant
- Download The Pain