I usually stick out as the Old Guy at the Show. But in a room full of PWR BTTM fans I stuck out more than usual. The young crowd was in all forms of non-gender stereotype dress (meaning a lot of guys wearing dresses). Glitter was all around in tribute to the queer punk duo of PWR BTTM.
Ben Hokins started the show by stating that they perform safe spaces shows. "We like to rock, but don't violate each other spaces." Translation - No moshing. Finally a band that is attempting to end the insanity of being body slammed.
Having a bad hair day, Ben Hopkins wearing a summer dress with some kind of plastic fringe, asked for a hat. The audience gave him a vast array of choices. Hopkins picked one with a tree and commented to the guy that gave it to him, "girl you have a small head." The mic shocked Hopkins every time he got close to it because of his metallic make-up. Fearful of being electrocuted, he requested a sock from the crowd. A wide range of hosiery was presented to him. Hopkins placed one of the socks on the mic and the shocking discontinued.
When Liv Bruce, wearing a half shirt and cut off shorts, took over lead vocals things got a little bit weirder. During his song Dairy Queen a girl in the front row acted out the lyrics. The song is about being in a shower. So the super fan slipped on a shower cap and acted like she was taking a shower to the delight of the band.
|PWR BTTM and Kiley Lotz|
Hopkins described writing songs in his parents' basement while drinking wine from a coffee mug realizing he was like Bill Murray without the talent. Leading into I Wanna Boi. The crowd cheered when he sang, "I Want a boy that thinks it's sexy when my lipstick bleeds." When PWR BTTM left the stage, many of their energetic fans followed them and didn't return for the headliner.
PWR BTTM stated they would be back before the end of the year. Hopefully they will be headlining bringing fun and light into a world filled with too much darkness.
See you at the next show. I will be the one not leaving before Pity Sex.