After announcing a sophomore album slated for release this May, Brooklyn-based punk band PWR BTTM released today the second single off their forthcoming LP, Pageant. The single, "Answer My Text," speaks to that feeling we've all experienced when we obsessively check our phones, desperately clinging to the idea that maybe this time they'll actually text us back. "Answer my text, you dick," the queer outfit wails on the all-too-familiar chorus.
Liv Bruce, one half of PWR BTTM, wrote about "Answer My Text" on Facebook:
It's 2017 and I can't believe I still waste my time on boys who don't text back! What am I doing? What are THEY doing? Is the phenomenon of 'ghosting' just the latest version of the same struggle for commitment that's been raging for millennia, or do smartphones make it easier than ever to ignore someone you're 'seeing' 95% of the time? The answer is probably yes to both. Fuck! I started writing this song over a year ago and it still makes me mad. I'm mad at the boy I wrote this about, who is actually a fictional composite of like 50 boys. I'm mad at myself for the times I've kept people I care about waiting for a response. Right now in my #personal #life I'm trying to work on my relationships with technology and people so I can better honor needs and boundaries moving forward, but before I could do that I had to exorcize my rage and despair by turning them into a song called "Answer My Text." Here is that song.
With the release of PWR BTTM's new song today came a lyric video, featuring illustrations by Mary Shyne. Watch, below, and pre-order Pageant, here.