PWR BTTM, Pity Sex and Petal donate show proceeds to Pulse victim fund (Backbooth)


  • Rufus Paisley
Even though I really relished the powerful coincidence, I wasn’t planning on making too big a deal about an especially unambiguous queercore band coming into town this week of all weeks. But then I saw this at the show (June 16, Backbooth):
PWR BTTM in Orlando
  • PWR BTTM in Orlando
Seriously, ladies, you don’t want to go into this particular men’s room, but the sentiment’s appreciated.

While we’re at it, I’m also going to mention that I drove past the memorial site on the Dr. Phillips Center plaza on my way to the show. It was well-populated with people who looked like their Friday night plans were right there on that lawn – in communion with the souls there and departed – rather than inside for a performance or a block north in the city’s most concentrated nightlife sector. And people were still there when I passed by on my way home. What’s more, my entire downtown drive was flourished practically nonstop with rainbow colors, from the flags flying everywhere to the full-building lighting of the Aloft hotel.

Back to the concert, that band was New York’s PWR BTTM, as in “power bottom,” a name as empowered as it is gay. They’re a queer two-piece rock band who are as out as it gets and whose shows are designated safe spaces. So, yes, perfect.

Singer-guitarist Ben Hopkins came out full queen with rainbow wings, dress and glitter face. And then he and drummer Liv Bruce kicked out catchy garage rock songs that frequently went all-out Guitar Hero. They may be sweet, playful and honest. But they can rock hard with total shredding glory.

Besides giving us a spirited and heartfelt performance, PWR BTTM – alongside tourmates Pity Sex and Petal – were donating all proceeds of this show to the official Pulse Tragedy Community Fund  spearheaded by the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. Considering that most touring musicians are chronically broke, it’s a gracious gesture. And considering the packed house, it was also a helpful one. Serious Orlando respect for that. 


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