PWR BTTM unleash their tender side on new single
In the past lo-fi punk duo PWR BTTM have released songs that range a chocked full of dirty riffs, lurid imagery and an overflowing self confidence that would make Michael Phelps stand back. But now they’ve returned with possibly their most tender and heart-warming/breaking song, which will appear on the UK release of their album Ugly Cherries.
New Hampshire opens with the line “When I die please bury me in New Hampshire, I really like the leaves. Don’t be sad I’m done my share of living, I think I have to leave”. This could be one of the most brutally honest lyrics in a very long time and it sets up the rest of the song perfectly. Melancholy guitar and drums chime away, until just after the minute mark there is an explosion of feedback. This pattern carries on until a charming solo kicks in half way through the song, backed by a xylophone. After this the song tried to pick up the mood a bit with a euphoric surging guitar and some delightful harmonies until everything stops. Very much like life itself.
What New Hampshire shows is that there is more to PWR BTTM than just queer punk. They know what it is to, and die, and they have no fear to do either. It’s a brave move and one they should be applauded for.
Ugly Cherries is out on 7th October through Big Scary Monsters and the December tour dates are:
3rd – Brighton @ West Hill Hall*
4th – Leeds @ Brudenell Games Room*
5th – Glasgow @ Hug & Pint*
6th – London @ Shacklewell Arms* – sold out
7th – Amsterdam @ Sugar Factory*
8th – Cologne @ Blue Shell*
9th – Berlin @ Lido*
10th – Hamburg @ Molotow*
* = w/ The Spook School