by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Nashville via Boston garage pop band Free Pizza quietly called it quits sometime last year, but before we all start mourning the loss, they have one more release for us all. TQM is the band's farewell, a new EP that their label BUFU Records calls "a Twee-GBV style bedroom recorded EP featuring some of the most lyrically descriptive work Free Pizza has done." While we've yet to hear the record in full, the first single "Sky Is Our Mirror" is a great introduction, a sparse pop song that shimmers with a joyous abandon. It's the feel good hit we've all been waiting for.
The song's video, directed by the band's own Jesus Vio (bass/vocals), is a performance art piece combining dancers and puppeteers, flailing about in unison with a carefree attitude that matches the song's wistful tone and feelings of togetherness. There's some graceful moves from both the dance squad and the puppets (created with help from Free Pizza's Santiago Cardenas), and plenty of good vibes from start to finish. It's the backyard hangout you've always dreamed of, but never knew it. The song's lyrics came to Vio while traveling in Chile and watching the stars, realizing "we are of the same matter as the celestial stars and if we see them as grand and then you can view your person as grand." Free Pizza's message is an important one, "life's a gift and the stars keep shinning," a pleasant reminder we can all use from time to time.
Free Pizza's TQM is out January 19th via BUFU Records.