We decided last year to stop being a band, but we finished our album first. We Come from the Swampis twelve tracks long and we’re offering it for free (or for whatever you’d like to pay) through Bandcamp. Please listen, download, and share.
Thanks for supporting us! We had a lot of fun doing this, and we’re grateful for all of the friends we’ve made along the way.
We’ve been hard at work on our new album for a long time, so it’s nice to finally release some of the jams to the world! Here are “Riding Through the Jungle” and “Buttersaw,” available as free downloads! As a bonus, we’ve included Kid Infinity‘s incredible remix of “Jungle,” which Geoff has been performing live with the group all summer.
This is our new video, directed by our friend Blaine Ludy. We can’t express how happy we are with it. Thanks Blaine!
In other news, I (Geoff) have a solo album called Princess that I just released on Vanity Projects. I did an interview with Mark Givens, of MungBeing magazine, to promote it. The interview includes an mp3 collection, including an old gem from back when Pizza! was called the New Motherfuckers. Check it out!
Manimal's "We Were So Turned On." Cover art by Nico Turner.
Here’s a blast of Pizza! news:
Last week, Manimal Vinyl released a new Pizza! song on iTunes and Amazon – it’s our cover of David Bowie’s “Modern Love,” and it’s featured on the digital version of Manimal’s We Were So Turned On compilation. Other included artists are Duran Duran, Warpaint, French First Lady Carla Bruni, and many more. The digital version is out now, while the physical version (that doesn’t include Pizza!) drops tomorrow.
We’re honored to be included on this tribute with such a diverse and impressive cast of characters, and we’re delighted that all of the proceeds from the project will go to War Child UK.
Please go to iTunes to purchase “Modern Love” for only $0.99 or the entire album for $19.99 (full tracklist after the jump). You can preview the track here:
The Bowie cover isn’t the only thing we’ve been doing, though! We are happy to report that we have chosen the mixer for our new album, and that we will have the finished version very soon. The album will feature a lot of contributions from several friends, including Nicole Kidman, Aaron Kyle from Le Switch, Drew and Morgan of Big Whup, and our lovely friends Caitlin, Chloe, and Moonit. We aren’t sure about the official release date yet, but pay attention and you might be able to hear some of it in the near future… In that vein, our buddy Shane has posted a video of us playing the song “the Melado,” from the new record, at Echo Curio on Wednesday.
And then there are the side projects… As you may know, we in Pizza! have our hands in a lot of different pots. Here are some updates of what these different projects are doing:
Fol Chen tour. Alex plays all sorts of instruments in Fol Chen, a group that is about to embark on two exciting tours. See them all over the U.S. with !!! and Apples in Stereo.
Walter Meego Midwest jaunt. Duncan and Tyler recently started working with Walter Meego. They’ll be in Chicago and Michigan later this month.
Evan Voytas residency. Duncan and Caitlin (who guests as a vocalist on several Pizza! tracks) are playing in the Evan Voytas band during Evan’s residency at the Echo next month. Look for Pizza! to join the band on one of the Mondays.
Big Whup 7″.Big Whup, featuring both Geoff and Rand, is releasing its second 7″ in late November on Static Aktion records.
Geoff solo release and visual art. Geoff is going into the studio later this month with members of Moses Campbell to record some new solo songs. He is also hard at work preparing for his first solo art show, which opens October 21 at Echo Curio. Pizza! is playing that opening event, along with our friends Michael Nhat and Slumber Beast.
“Manimal’s relentless outpouring of LA-spawned new bands continues with its new release from Pizza!, a quintet whose songtitles include ‘Gay “Hotel California”‘ and ‘Iron Fart’. Despite outwardly appearing to be horrendously juvenile, Pizza! are capable of some great psych/synth pop moments. ‘Houses’ is a feel good ditty to be reckoned with, and ‘Christmas Is Air (All Around Us)’ is a wholly commendable (un)festive novelty. Elsewhere, ‘Bird Dreams’ is a nice piece of tuneful, yet surreal experimentation, and ‘(We Be @ She) Summer Spot’ is a neat fusion of jazzy horn solos and clipping electronic breaks. The album feels very fragmented, and at no point do you feel there was ever a unifying vision intended, but that scatterbrained logic translates nicely, and you truly never know what’s coming next.”
Pizza! is featured on LA Record’s new holiday mixtape. Check out the whole thing on LARecord.com to get our track as well as tracks by Lil’ Whup featuring Voice on Tape, Drew Denny, Moses Campbell, the Pity Party, Amanda Jo Williams, and others! Thanks to LA Record for including us on this awesome compilation!
Since the mixtape is in podcast form, we made our song available for individual download here. Click on the file name to hear it and then save it to your computer.
Pizza! is happy to announce that Manimal Vinyl will be releasing our second LP in 2010. In order to generate interest for our upcoming release, on October 5th Manimal will release a digital-only compilation of some of our best material. The release will include fifteen remastered favorites, representing all of our official releases and including a couple of other goodies.
Up until this point, everything that we’ve released has been free. Because we will now be charging for our music, we must remove the songs that will be included in the compilation from this website. While we know that this is a necessary step, it is not one that we take lightly. Thus, before we take them down we want to make sure that we give everyone one last chance to download everything for free. The songs will remain on this website, therefore, for another week. On Monday, September 21, the tracks will be removed.
Thanks to everyone who has downloaded our music from this site!
In other news, Pizza! will be opening Manimal Festival 2009 on October 3rd at Pioneertown in Joshua Tree. The event is sponsored by KCRW and LA Record, and it is full of excellent acts. We’re incredibly excited to be playing on the same day as Jonesin’, We Are the World, Rainbow Arabia, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Tickets are $30 from http://www.manimalvinyl.com.
Album art and tracklist for “Bogus Rimshots From the Fourth,” available for purchase on iTunes starting October 5:
01. Bloo Moob 02. Griffith Park Fire 03. Iron Fart 04. (We be @ She) Summer Spot 05. Mammoth Skull 06. Rims Patrone 07. Repress Yourself! 08. the Future? 09. Be a Man 10. Dinoboticus 11. Gay “Hotel California” 12. Houses 13. Christmas is Air (All around us) 14. Bird-Dreams 15. Bogus Rimshots from the Fourth
Our friends Andy and Ashley, of Vertical House Records in Huntsville, Alabama, have graciously put our song “Mammoth Skull” on their new compilation, Eargasms 5. We’re in good company, as the compilation also features rad traxxx from groups like the Goodnight Loving, Quintron, Nobunny, and bad-ass Huntsville locals Thomas Function.
Go to the Vertical House website in order to download the compilation in its entirety. If you’re in Huntsville go visit the store in Historic Lowe Mill on Seminole Drive. They are open Wednesday-Friday from 12-8 and Saturday from 12-5.