Pwr Bttm - Pageant LP
When PWR BTTM look out into the crowd at one of their live shows, they see “the coolest kids you’ll ever meet.” The queer kids. The weirdos. The craft store connoisseurs covered in glitter. From Brooklyn to Boise, these fans come together, ready to scream and cry and laugh and sing along with the tender garage punk found on the group’s 2015 debut album, Ugly Cherries (Father/Daughter, Miscreant). “That’s what really matters,” says Ben Hopkins, who splits guitar, drums, and vocals with fellow band member Liv Bruce. “The people who come to our shows. They really give us life.” But with that life, comes pressure and expectation. When PWR BTTM recorded Ugly Cherries, Bruce hadn’t even graduated from college. The band didn’t have a fan base. They didn’t have folks tweeting “MOM” @ them on social media.