In partnership with the LGBT Campus Center, WUD Music will be presenting a series of LGBTQ artists as part of Out & About Month, a month of events celebrating queer lives and experiences. Our first second event of April welcomes two queer punk bands from New York and Chicago.
KEXP performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhh87GVXSgw
PWR BTTM is a queer punk band consisting of Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce. The band was formed at Bard College where Bruce and Hopkins bonded over a mutual interest in bringing elements of performance and drag artistry into DIY culture. While at Bard the duo recorded a demo, Cinderella Beauty Shop, and the Republican National Convention split EP with Jawbreaker Reunion. On these releases, Hopkins plays guitar and sings, and Bruce plays drums. Since then, the two have begun to share vocal/songwriting duties and have also started to trade off instruments. This development is very much apparent on their forthcoming LP, Ugly Cherries, an album documenting the duo's experiences with queerness, gender, and adulthood over the course of a year of living in upstate New York. Ugly Cherries was recorded by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Company in New Paltz, NY and mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music. The full-length record is slated for a dual release on Miscreant Records and Father/Daughter Records on September 18, 2015.
Live at the Beat Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj7q458LRPE
Yoko & the Oh No’s are three friends from Chicago: Max Goldstein on vocals, Max Loebman on guitar, and Stef Roti on drums, a raging trio seemingly fueled by Taco Bell, rock & roll myths, and pilfered booze. It doesn’t quite jive how kids this young (Max L. just graduated high school) managed to tap into a vibe this classic. The band’s S/T full-length debut is crammed with classic rock riffs, swinging beats, and up front, the sassy, done-up style of Max G. emoting loosely and widly like a young David Johanson, possessing a crooner’s voice and a taste for style. Dolled up in flashy get-ups, Max G.’s voice is a growly, beefy thing, a rangy tenor that belies his taste for soul shouters. The prevailing mood in modern indie garage rock is one of stylistic indifference, but that’s not how Yoko & the Oh No’s come across; these kiddos don’t just care, they care a lot.
Iron Gates (Official Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCpegUfJnXA
Dylan Wright is a queer Chicago based singer/songwriter, born and raised in the Midwest. Combining a tender and earnest voice with finger picking styles on the guitar to the likes of Iron & Wine or Nick Drake, his music creates a melancholy and shoe-gazey atmosphere to lose yourself in. His first album, As A Ghost, is available now on his bandcamp.