Once you’ve entered the unique lo-fi world of Pizzagirl, there’s no looking back.
Like your favourite VHS Tape, the 80s-drenched sounds cooked up by Liverpool retro-futurist Liam Brown make for blissful escapism – so much so, he has been championed by everyone from Noisey to DIY and even appeared in The NME 100 Essential new artists for 2019.
Before the bedroom-popper brings his trusty laptop, guitar and sequencer to the Hidden Herd & No Coconuts Alt-Dayer at Brighton’s The Tempest Inn on Saturday 11th May, we asked the man himself a couple of quickies.
How would you describe Pizzagirl to a stranger?
“I think if I had the task of describing Pizzagirl to someone I know I’d do a pretty lousy job of it. I think saying “that lanky weird looking boy on the internet, who makes even weirder looking music” seems pretty apt to me!”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“I’m really interested in pop music from all the decades! From how unashamed and fun pop music was in the 80s to the almost clinical and clean pop music of today, I love how it’s designed and I think that dribbles into the Pizzagirl world hopefully.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Back in the old February, I played a few shows in Germany which were extra extra fun. There was one show in Berlin where the food was the best (which is the most important for me :p) and the venue was like some crazy space club and they had LED walls with “Pizzagirl” all over them, it was my inner narcissist’s dream!!”
You’re based in Liverpool – what’s your local music scene like?
“Making music alone in your lil bedroom and living outside of the city has probably made me a bit more unaware of the Liverpool scene than I should be. From the small group of musical friends I have, there’s a really nice feeling of community and we all share mutual anxieties and feelings towards music which is nice to vent and share from time to time.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“There’s billions of great new music makers out there but I think if you have some minutes you should have a listen to my sexy brother Brad Stank, my other brothers Oya Paya! (who I know are friends of the Hidden Herd!!) and a super cool Korean pop legend lady called Aseul! They get the PG seal of approval!”
You’re playing the Hidden Herd & No Coconuts Alt-Dayer on the Saturday of Great Escape weekend – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“I’m looking forward to being in the salty-sea lands of Brighton and being able to pump out some beat energy for you all! I was browsing around the Spotify playlist and digged the BABii so I’m looking forward to catching some of that on the weekend!”
To coincide with Great Escape weekend in Brighton, Hidden Herd and No Coconuts are teaming up with global music distributors CD Baby and Sussex brewers Lost Pier Brewing to bring some of the hottest emerging artists to The Tempest Inn on Saturday 11th May. Pizzagirl will play alongside The Ninth Wave, Orchards, Honey Lung, Weird Milk, Wu-Lu, The Wants, Comforts, BABii and Speedboat. Free entry – RSVP on Facebook.