As a Band To Watch, self-dubbed “genre-queer” band PWR BTTM are thriving. Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce’s sound is reminiscent of the progressive pop-punk energy of the early 2000s that I lived on. Their frustration, anxiety, and uneasy self-affirmation on their new album’s title track “Ugly Cherries” made us crave more, and “Dairy Queen” is exactly what we’ve been searching for. The song balances between what you want to do and what you need to do. There’s this sense of laziness yet a willingness to go out and live after your shower is finished.
Bruce spoke to The Line Of Best Fit about the development of the song:
I was just noodling on this guitar and I came up with the basic chord structure for the song, then I started singing a little melody to it, and then Ben, his eyes kind of glazed over with fire, and he grabbed the guitar and he started shredding the part.
It’s playful and nonsensical, giving an impression that PWR BTTM are enjoying themselves without caring about what people think. Listen to the song below with animation by Laurent Hrybyk.