Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce, whose interest in drag culture and garage rock brought them together while students in New York, turn gender politics into loud, infectiously positive, glorious rock music centred around what it means to be young and queer and confused.
Their debut album, Ugly Cherries, is a glorious statement on this with their best songs articulating the anything-goes joy of being young and open to anything. It’s helped them to become role models for contagious self-confidence. “Big Beautiful Day” is their how-to anthem on achieving the same. “There are men in every town/Who live to bring you down,” Hopkins sings over raucous guitar.
Their electric live set is where this all comes to life, as they loudly and joyfully rip through their arsenal of pop-punk wearing thrift store dresses and smears of makeup.