PITY SEX + PWR BTTM + PETAL @ THE TROUBADOUR
Photos and recap by Maximilian Ho
Pity Sex stopped by The Troubadour in support of the newly released album White Hot Moon. Members of the Michigan band had a few observations about the folks in So Cal. Vocalist/guitarist Brennan Greaves mentioned “There’s a lot of transplants from the mid-west here in South Cali. So whenever we come here, we just – I dunno – It just feels like home.” Vocalist/guitarist Britty Drake observed that “Everyone is really hot here.” Drake and Greaves stood on opposite ends of the stage trading catchy vocal and guitar melodies while, bassist Brandan Pierce and drummer Sean St. Charles kept rhythm section punchy and lively. Not only did they play songs off the new album like “Burden You” and “A Satisfactory World For Reasonable People,” but they also performed earlier material like the emo-leaning “Coca Cola.” They closed out the show with “Dogwalk” and Greaves climbed on top of the speakers for his final solo of the night.
In spite of van troubles NY duo PWR BTTM played a colorful set with Ben Hopkins primarily on guitars/vocals and Liv Bruce behind the drum set. “It’s amazing to see a bunch of people, in a place that when I was a kid in Massachusetts, like I was ah, everyone hot moves to LA, but like NY is so cool. But people in LA look like they have nice lawns. So, I hope you think about my faggot ass when you water your lawn sometime.” The crowd sang along with Bruce on “I Wanna Boi” and Hopkins dished copious amounts of two-hand tapping licks and harmonics on songs like “Ugly Cherries,” that it would make any 80’s glam rock band jealous.
Petal opened up the show with a few of their songs including the infectiously chill tune “Sooner.” Hard as nails lead singer and guitarist Kiley Lotz managed to make it onto the stage despite food poisoning severe enough to require medical attention earlier that day.