Last month, PWR BTTM announced their sophomore album, Pageant, with a video for new track “Big Beautiful Day,” which made it onto both our 5 best songs and videos lists for the week. Now, they’re back with the album’s second single. Liv Bruce takes the lead on “Answer My Text,” a pithy but scathing takedown of a suitor that doesn’t put in enough effort. The narrative is clear and all-too-familiar: The first verse takes us from the initial flutters of making the first move to the seething rage when they get no reciprocation; the second verse is the first date, which goes well … until it doesn’t. The story is punctuated by a monster of a chorus — “Answer my text, you dick!” — that’s sure to resonate with anyone that’s attempted and been frustrated by a virtual romance. Listen and watch a very fun video illustrated by Mary Shyne below.
Here’s what Liv had to say about the song in a Facebook post:
It’s 2017 and I can’t believe I still waste my time on boys who don’t text back! What am I doing? What are THEY doing? Is the phenomenon of ‘ghosting’ just the latest version of the same struggle for commitment that’s been raging for millennia, or do smartphones make it easier than ever to ignore someone you’re ‘seeing’ 95% of the time? The answer is probably yes to both. Fuck! I started writing this song over a year ago and it still makes me mad. I’m mad at the boy I wrote this about, who is actually a fictional composite of like 50 boys. I’m mad at myself for the times I’ve kept people I care about waiting for a response. Right now in my #personal #life I’m trying to work on my relationships with technology and people so I can better honor needs and boundaries moving forward, but before I could do that I had to exorcize my rage and despair by turning them into a song called Answer My Text. Here is that song.
Pageant is out 5/12 via Polyvinyl.