PWR BTTM travels back to “1994” on glammy new single — listen

Brooklyn duo's debut LP is coming out in just two weeks' time


Brooklyn duo PWR BTTM describe themselves as “genre-queer,” which is as much a pun as it is a label defier. On the one hand, their sound blurs lines between glam rock, ’90s indie, stadium rock, and what their PR refers to as queer punk. On the other, drummer Liv Bruce and guitarist Ben Hopkins wear their queer identities as equal part badge of honor and mission statement.

“As queer people, a lot of our lives are prescribed for us in terms of who we ‘can’ be in pop culture,” Hopskins said in an interview with Overblown. “Like you can be someone’s hairdresser or wacky best friend, but often times you can’t be the protagonist in your own life.” As PWR BTTM, the pair is taking control with their forthcoming debut LP, Ugly Cherries. Due out September 18th via Father/Daughter and Miscreant Records, they’ve today shared the album’s latest single, “1994”, via NPR.

There’s a wistful energy all over the track, from the can-kicking guitar lines to the disenfranchised lyrics: “These days it pays to be so strange/ and I’m like nothing.” But any sore feelings are burned away with one crackling “YEAH!” and the subsequent glamorous guitar solo. If the song opens feeling a touch melancholic, it manages to become downright anthemic with its quivering lines of “oooh.” Take a listen below.

For more of Ugly Cherries, check out previous singles “Dairy Queen”, “West Texas”, and the title track. You can also catch PWR BTTM on tour with Mitski and Palehound at the dates below.

PWR BTTM 2015 Tour Dates:
09/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn #
09/30 – New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse
10/14 – Providence, RI @ Aurora ^
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium &
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA *
11/11 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
11/12 – Charlottesville, VA @ Southern Cafe %
11/13 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook %
11/14 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge %
11/16 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt %
11/17 – Bloomington, IN @ Bishop Bar %
11/18 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency %
11/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry %
11/20 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen %
11/21 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe %
11/23 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha %
11/24 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo *
11/25 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge %

# = w/ Charly Bliss, Fern Mayo, and Kississippi
^ = w/ S featuring Jenn Ghetto of Carissa’s Weird
& = w/ Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako, and King Of Cats
* = w/ Mitski
% = w/ Mitski and Palehound