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Ones to watch: PWR BTTM

Ones to watch: PWR BTTM

By: Oliver Horton

​A power bottom is a sexual partner who receives but plays the dominant role.

PWR BTTM are a lo-fi duo that play punk music with a queer twist. They chose the name for its associations with gay empowerment, and meanwhile are one of the most exciting acts to emerge in recent years, bashing out quirky, touching and humourous punky power pop. Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins met in 2011 while attending college in New York State. Their first demo, Cinderella Beauty Shop was released in 2014; their first album Ugly Cherries in 2015; a second album is due in 2017. The band has toured alongside Ra Ra Riot, Mitski and Car Seat Headrest, among others, and have a reputation for exuberant, infectious lives shows. Having sold out every gig on their last visit to the UK, the duo is returning in April for a week of dates – Dublin, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Brighton, and London.