Release Date: Sep 25, 2015
Record label: Father
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Some bands names jump out at you like a shark breaching the water. For instance, when you see a band name like PWR BTTM, one can only sink their teeth into the bait. It's too good to ignore. Even better, then, that this band turn out to be as bold ….
More often than not, it’s easier to make light than to make a serious comment. That’s how you could see PWR BTTM. With their infectious melodies and extravagant on-stage attire, the New York duo are having a blast, and with that comes a soundtrack that echoes with enjoyment and fulfilment. But take another look, another listen, and what you find is music as deeply relevant and rewarding for the listener as it is for the band.
For those of us queer music lovers who came of age in the 1990s seeing Pansy Division—one of the few visible gay punk bands of that era—opening for Green Day on 1994’s Dookie tour was a kind of surreal, watershed moment. Though it seemed crazy at the time, it actually wasn’t the world’s most unusual pairing—both bands had at one point shared a label and each made pop punk songs that were equal parts snotty and catchy—but Pansy Division were an overtly and aggressively gay band with a cult following, while Green Day were riding high on their mainstream major label breakthrough. Even though Green Day's audience seemed flummoxed by Pansy Division—I remember people around me asking ‘Are they serious?’—the fact that it was happening at all felt pretty revolutionary.
It finally happened: The theater kids have staked their claim on Nineties rock nostalgia. Though the self-described "genre-queer" tunes on PWR BTTM's debut album are closer to early Fountains of Wayne than, say, any number from Rent, drama definitely takes center stage for the glittery duo, who first met as students and drag performers at Bard College. "I held my breath in a suit and a tie because I didn't know I could fight back," drummer Liv Bruce confesses in "Serving Goffman," adding, "I want to put the whole world in drag, but I'm starting to realize it's already like that.