Don’t be fooled by the makeup and glitter. It isn’t all sugar-pop, glam-fab (well, aesthetically it is), but when it comes to the Brooklyn duo PWR BTTM, it’s way more punk than that. Their music is adventurous, salty yet catchy, and embraces what it means to be young and gay and playful (not just in life, but in music too). And you can hear it in lyrics like “We can drink our beer out of a sippy cup. We can go to Disneyworld and fuck shit up. But right now I’m in the shower,” from the song “Dairy Queen” off their record Ugly Cherries. When it comes to PWR BTTM, you want to sing along with their songs, get sassy with their vibrant, contagious personalities, and you want to not give AF about anything stupid anymore, because it’s time for fun, some stiff guitars, and for quoting all your Saturday nights with lyrics “I wanna boy who thinks it’s sexy when my lipstick bleeds” from “I Wanna Boi.”
PWR BTTM has toured with bands like Mitski and Car Seat Headrest. They just played SXSW. And their sophomore album Pageant is almost out on Polyvinyl Records. It will undoubtedly be an album that’s meant to be played live–performed live–and will continue the band’s frisky rampage, their neon-colored bromance that originated when the two first met in college, and will continue delivering fun-loving lyrics like “I sweat out seven pounds in water weight just asking for your number…then I sent you some emojis…answer my text, you dick” which are the lyrics from their latest single “Answer My Text.”
But what’s especially so effing fab about this band is that they’re so relevant and relatable (no matter which way you sway) because they sing so openly about love and life and being young and weird. And they’re also so full of surprises. You kind of don’t know what they’re going to do next. But, after all, isn’t that the whole point of being in a punk band?
w/ Tancred, Fits