Ugly Cherries

by PWR BTTM

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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 debut 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.

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released September 18, 2015

Recorded by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Company in New Paltz, NY. Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music. All songs written by Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce.

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Track Name: Short-Lived Nightmare
why do we talk this
I dont know what to say
you're pulling at me in the brain

you lie every single day
i dont know what to say
because I am a certain way
always have to go explain
why i am so strange
I'm queerer than the brightest day
Track Name: Dairy Queen
We can do our make up in the parking lot
We can get so famous that we both get shot
But right now I'm in the shower
We can get some press on nails at CVS
I can tell you now or I can make you guess
But right now I'm in the shower
I'm in the shower

We can drink our beer out of a sippy cup
We can go to Disney World and fuck shit up
But right now I'm in the shower
We can call in sick and go to Chuck E Cheez
We can make a baby on the flying trapeeze
But right now I'm in the shower
I'm in the shower

We can fall in love at the Dairy Queen
We can be nice or we can be mean
But right now I'm in the shower
Track Name: I Wanna Boi
I want a boy to keep the bed warm while I shower
I want a boy to keep the bed warm while we're watching TV
I want a boy to keep the bed warm when the whole house is freezing
I want a boy who isn't anything like me

I want a boy who doesn't like to go out shopping
I want a boy who thinks it's sexy when my lipstick bleeds
I want a boy who can go all night without stopping
I want a boy who knows exactly what he needs

So if you think that you're the boy for me
and I'm the boy for you
Drop me a line at ob8419@bard.edu
Tell me a little bit about yourself and send a picture or two
And hurry up now because it's only getting colder
Track Name: Ugly Cherries
My girl gets scared
Can't take him anywhere
Everytime he goes outside
He runs his mouth then he runs and hides
all day and night
ugly cherries bonified
all day and night

My girls so sad
everything i do makes him mad
Cries and cries till his eyes are red
like two ugly cherries up in his head
he's alright he's all right he's all right he's all riiiiight
Track Name: Serving Goffman
I used my favorite pen to draw outside the lines until the lines got blurry (the lines got blurry)
I called my mom on the phone today and told her not to worry (not to worry)
I held my breath in a suit and tie because I didn't know I could fight back
I wanna put the whole world in drag but I'm starting to realize it's already like that

Am I making a fool of myself
Am I making a fool of myself
Am I making a fool of myself
I hope so
I sure hope so

It's so difficult to say what you mean
To pick the right words and breathe in between so I've been
Taking it slow

I found out people aren't that mean but it
It still feels like they're laughing at me
When they're just
Saying hello

What's your favorite color
Do you need to borrow my bike
Do you have a lucky number
Do you like the movies I like
Track Name: Nu 1
God damn everyone's run
i'm so sick of being young
Don't let them take your heart
If you do they'll tear it apart
I'm feeling like the son of my dad

God damn everyone's dumb
I'm too old for being young
Don't let them take your heart
If you do they'll tear it apart
I'm feeling like the son of my dad
Track Name: West Texas
You left New York for West Texas
To avoid all of your exes
How ironic but that is your thing

You left New York for New Jersey
You took your pills and got up early
You felt amazing I just felt ok

I left New York for Rhode Island
The beach front town where my grandma resided
I went shopping at her favorite stores
I bought some stuff I needed then I bought some more

You left New York for Northampton
You met a pretty girl and took her out dancing
The stars above me are the same ones above you
I been tryna cool but I still love you
Track Name: 1994
Havent had a thing to eat it feels so great to want for nothing
Haven't even been awake for a day it feels like something

ooooooooo

Havent seen your face since 1994 it feels like something
These days it pays to be so strange and Im like nothing

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Track Name: C U Around
I'm looking forward to the day when I can see your face
And not wonder what it was I did that made you run away
I'm looking forward to the day when we can be in the same place and my heart won't start to
beat at such a frantic pace

But today was not that day so I just walked by
I didn't stop to ask how you were doing
I barely even said hi
But I noticed you looked down
I hope you're OK
I'll see you around

I'm really starting to miss your smile
I haven't seen it in a while
Just some pained imitation
That's really not your style
And don't get me started on your laugh
I mean the real one not that half-hearted
Impression you've been putting on in everyone else's behalf

But today was not that day so I just walked by
I didn't stop to ask how you were doing
I barely even said hi
But I noticed you looked down
I hope you're OK
I'll see you around
Track Name: All The Boys
All the boys say they don't love me
All the boys say they don't love me at all
All the boys say they dont love me
But i know they're lying

All the boys say they dont want to hug me
All the boys say they dont want to hug me at all
All the boys say they dont want to hug me
But i know they're lying

Bitch i might be x3
But i know they'r lying

All the boys say they don't love me
All the boys say they don't love me at all
All the boys say they dont love me
But i know they're lying

All the boys say they don't love me
All the boys say they don't love me at all
All the boys say they dont love me
But i know they're lying
Track Name: House In Virginia
Hey there baby
Why are you so
Beautiful, Handsome, Gaymazing
and nice
Makes me want to stay up all night
Because i'm sick of staying up, Sick of going downtown

Hey there baby
Why are you so
Beautiful, Handsome, Gaymazing
and nice
Makes me want to stay up all night
Because i'm sick of staying up, Sick of going downx4

I've got a friend
He's at the end
At his house in virginia with me

I hope this friend
He'll understand
That i just need a second to breathe
And i'll stay up all night

I've got a friend
He's at the end at his house in virginia with me
He'll understand
He'll act like a man
We'll see in the morning
we'll see
And i'll stay up all night