New York-based pop-punk duo PWR BTTM will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Pageant, next week on Friday, May 12. Featuring already released tracks, like "Answer My Text" and "LOL," the Polyvinyl full-length is finally available for streaming today on NPR, and delivers on plenty of bright '90s-imbued outsider anthems.
Led by Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce, who both use they/them pronouns, PWR BTTM's Pageant is fully informed by the queer identity, with songwriting that centers on both the grief and glitter of being LGBTQ. The band's 13-track effort is celebratory and humorous--"Answer my text, you dick--but powerful and earnest in its intentions--"When you are queer, you are always 19." Listen, below.