Pizzagirl – the brainchild and nom de plume of retro-futurist Liam Brown – is back with stonking new single ‘gymnasium’, an Eighties-indebted nugget chock full of VHS-era synths and vividly emotive hooks.
With the Liverpool bedroom-popper set to bring his trusty laptop, guitar and sequencer to The Hope & Ruin on Wednesday 5th December for Hidden Herd Presents: Pizzagirl, we spoke to the man himself about the latest release and more.
‘gymnasium’ is a gem. How did the track come about?
“Thank you very much indeed!! ‘gymnasium’ came about after binge-watching a lot of 80s movies and eating quite a lot of 80s snacks and drinking a lot of crystal Pepsi! I needed a tune to get me into shape and get those abs back so I made “gymnasium”, which I’ve found to be better than any diet I’ve ever been on!”
How did Pizzagirl start out?
“Pizzagirl started out (and still remains) in my bedroom! I used to be under different quite dull names before I changed to Pizzagirl, but it started out from a 13-year-old me watching guitar tutorials on YouTube and making demos on an iPad 2, which listening back were really quite awful!”
What inspired the name?
“I think the name is just a way to show people quite quickly that this whole world of me isn’t the most serious of places and I thought it would be cool to have a name that has no actual connection to me physically, a lot of promoters expect a girl and I find that cool! My friends and Mum hated it when I first proposed it to them, but I think they’ve come around!”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“I think the main five influences I would cite are (in no particular order): Mac DeMarco, David Byrne, Grimes, Bibio and a sprinkle of Michael Jackson! I think all those guys have added a little bit of spice to the pizza pie sauce personally!”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“I played a show in Paris a few weeks back with a guy called Good Posture. I was really digging his synths and lo-fi beats; I found it very RELAXING! Whilst I was at Reading and Leeds, I saw this band on before me called Lady Bird they were very energy dense and fun I enjoyed that quite a lot too!!”
And finally, what does the future hold for Pizzagirl?
“Hopefully, the future will include me slinging out some more tunes and meeting some new friends along the way! In the not too distant future, I’ll be heading on tour where I’ll be hanging with you guys at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton on the 5th of December which will be x10 fun!”