Pizza Time Todo on Limited Edition LP
Todo is the third and final studio album from Denver-based group Pizza Time which began as a kind of bubblegum band with weird, introspective lyrics, and a tendency to play really short guitar solos. Through the years, their sound has developed into a strange mix of pop rhythms, chill acid house, glam atmospheres, Latin American trash art moves, often all at the same time.
David Castillo sings mostly in Spanish, plays a SG knock-off, and writes inscrutable ravings that usually become Pizza Time's songs. Ben Donehower is the band's leading musician. Since 2014 Ben has played every instrument in Pizza Time including buzzy bass, wild crackling Casio improvisations, screeching guitar, clunky drums and ethereal Omnichord. Always providing an interesting contrast to David's simplistic pop tendencies. Expertly executing leads on his Juno 6 and Lil Phatty, pounding out beats on his Yamaha DD-5, driving the songs with his Peavy bass and adding that right "something" with tambourines and scorching guitar solos.
Todo is a greatest hits of sorts. Side B features previously released songs: four from Quiero Mas! and four from U Wanna Pizza Me? It drives the nail in the Pizza Time coffin and leaves us anxiously waiting for what Castillo pulls out of the oven next with his new band/animated show/toy line Panaderia. Featuring guest appearances by CJ MacLeod, AJ Davila, Johnny Otis Davila and Kyle Handley plus evocative artwork by Franki Brack.