PWR BTTM’s Vital New LP ‘Pageant’ Out May 12 On Polyvinyl | Shore Fire Media

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14 February, 2017Print

PWR BTTM's Vital New LP 'Pageant' Out May 12 On Polyvinyl

2017 Tour Announced Including NYC's Webster Hall
Watch The Video For "Big Beautiful Day" Here:


On PWR BTTM's new album 'Pageant' (May 12/Polyvinyl), glammed and glittered duo Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce tackle their diary-like explorations of life, identity and existential crises head-on. 'Pageant' is a vital exploration of self that’s hot with friction, angst and hope, both hilarious and heart wrenching. Following a 2016 where they didn't release a new record, but performed on NPR's Tiny Desk and landed at #6 on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Songs of 2016" list, PWR BTTM return in triumphant fashion with one of the year's most resonant, revelatory records.

'Pageant' is ferociously emotional, with passionate narratives set to cutting rock and roll anthems. The album builds upon PWR BTTM’s sensational 2015 debut 'Ugly Cherries' with a further refined song craft and sonic flourishes including horns, flutes, keyboard and even an impromptu choir. The result is 13 original songs that burst with laughter, tears and triumph. 'Pageant' was produced by Christopher Daly, arranged by Cameron West, and was recorded primarily in the top floor of a furniture factory in Geneva, New York.

Ben Hopkins takes his guitar playing and vocal fierceness to new heights, and with newfound openness. Songs like the self-titled "Pageant" have a visceral pain, wherein Hopkins has an internal dialogue, asking, "Jesus Christ, why don’t you love me? I've been feeling so ugly." The duo swap instruments on the record and live, constantly alternating between Hopkins' finger-picking solos and Liv Bruce's tremendous drumming. On "New Trick," Bruce takes the insensitive cis gaze and turns it into a sing-along, while modern-day queer anthem "Sissy" sees them reclaim the micro-aggressive song title, embracing the line "Cuz I'm a big, bad sissy, and I'm gonna make you listen when I say!". "Answer My Text" includes a titular chorus clarion call of "ANSWER MY TEXT, YOU DICK!" combining comedy and reality in a uniquely PWR BTTM way.

Watch the new video directed by Christopher Good for "Big Beautiful Day" where a normal morning of breakfast and couch sitting turns into a fully-fledged, glitter-fuelled dance party with crowd surfing, fireworks, and confetti:

PWR BTTM will tour extensively in 2017, appearing at SXSW 2017 and playing some of their biggest venues yet including a headlining show at Webster Hall in NYC. All dates go on-sale at 12 noon local time on Friday, February 17. In a recent glowing live review, The New York Times deemed PWR BTTM "part theater, part punk, entirely captivating."

Ben Hopkins identifies as queer and uses he/him/his and they/them/their pronouns. Liv Bruce identifies as queer, non-binary, and transfeminine and uses they/them/their pronouns.


'Pageant' Track List:

Answer My Text
Now, Now
Oh Boy
New Trick
Kids' Table
Big Beautiful Day

PWR BTTM 2017 Live Itinerary:

Wed, Feb 15 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern Café + Music Hall

Thu, Feb 16 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery**

Fri, Feb 17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA**

Sat, Feb 18 - Brooklyn, NY - The Knitting Factory**

Sun, Feb 19 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theater**

Thu, Feb 23 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club**

Mon, Feb 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park Ebell Club**

Mon, Apr 10 - Dublin, Ireland - The Workman's Club

Tue, Apr 11 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute

Wed, Apr 12 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley Hotel & Bar

Thu, Apr 13 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds

Sat, Apr 15 - Glasgow, UK - Centre for Contemporary Arts

Sun, Apr 16 - Bristol, UK - Exchange

Mon, Apr 17 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt

Tue, Apr 18 - London, UK - The Garage

Thu, Apr 20 - Nantes, FR - Stereolux

Fri, Apr 21 - Bourges, FR - Printemps de Bourges

Sat, Apr 22 - Paris, FR - Venue TBA

Mon, Apr 24 - Lille, FR - L'aeronef

Tue, Apr 25 - Rouen, FR - 106

Mon, Mar 13 - Sun, Mar 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW 2017

Fri, May 26 - Toronto, ON - Velvet Underground

Tue, May 30 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean

Thu, Jun 01 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club

Fri, Jun 02 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown

Mon, Jun 05 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada

Tue, Jun 06 - Austin, TX - Barracuda

Wed, Jun 07 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall

Thu, Jun 08 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa

Fri, Jun 09 - Tallahassee, FL - The Wilbury

Sat, Jun 10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth

Mon, Jun 12 - Atlanta, GA - Hell @ The Masquerade

Tue, Jun 13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge

Thu, Jun 15 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook

Fri, Jun 16 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

Sat, Jun 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Mon, Jun 19 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

Tue, Jun 20 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre

Wed, Jun 21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

Fri, Jul 07 - Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo

Sat, Jul 08 - Columbus, OH - The Basement

Sun, Jul 09 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway

Wed, Jul 12 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole

Sat, Jul 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

Sun, Jul 16 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

Tue, Jul 18 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

Wed, Jul 19 - Seattle, WA - Neumos

Fri, Jul 21 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret

Sat, Jul 22 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett

Sun, Jul 23 - Missoula, MT - Zootown Arts Community Center

Tue, Jul 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court

Thu, Jul 27 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater

Sun, Jul 30 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall's

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