Queer garage-punk outfit PWR BTTM is gearing up to premiere their new album, Pageant, scheduled for release May 12 through Polyvinyl Records. As part of their promo, PWR BTTM joined the industry migration to Texas for SXSW, where they dropped a glitter bomb on the music scene and performed new material off their forthcoming full-length. First forming as a duo, founders Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce have since developed a four-piece band, now joined on tour by keyboardist Cameron West and bassist Nicholas Cummins.
During their set at Stubb's BBQ for NPR, PWR BTTM ran through eight total tracks, including "Big Beautiful Day" and the painfully relatable "Answer My Text." Toward the end, they brought out Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray For The Riff Raff to perform together a track called, "LOL," before finishing with a PWR BTTM classic, "Trade." They used the 30-minute performance as an opportunity to transcend music, openly discussing gender politics, sexuality and queer safe spaces, as well.
"It is incredibly important that we take public spaces where we gather together people with assumedly like-minded ideals very seriously," said Hopkins mid-set. "We're living in a time when people try to spread misinformation and try to alienate us from each other, but look around, you have so many friends that you haven't even met yet. If you're feeling scared and if you're feeling alone and if you're feeling like you can't find a friend, music and art and fucking food and all these things people make is a great way to find an ally."