A listen through Le Butcherettes’ new album A Raw Youth claws at the seams of what one immediately considers ‘punk rock’. Through a poet’s heart and furiously wild spirit, the third LP from Teri Gender Bender and friends puts a far more political snarl in the Mexican garage-punk world they inhabit, and the ferocity of passion through which they operate is equal parts enchanting and electrifying.
For our Band of The Month taping, Le Butcherettes met us at an off-the-map restaurant in Hollywood, a secret location decorated with ornately weird artifacts, as if a rock star’s bedroom was decorated by Immortan Joe from Mad Max. The duo, in blood-red outfits, was astoundingly sweet and engaging in person, delivering a gorgeously stripped performance of a few new songs from A Raw Youth (get it on iTunes) and older favorites.
Do you feel as if you’re in a race each day, to click all the necessary links, correspond with the necessary people, acquire the day’s information before the routines we all share guide you back to unconsciousness? Many of us do. Days, weeks, entire calendars can slip into that formula. That’s no way to live, but in the bustle of it all we forget it’s that way at all. With the right kind of eyes, however, a little luck and attention we can find those sparks of novelty, of bewilderment and inspiration, that can set the entire paradigm on edge. Those sparks, of course, can become raging blazes, wildly thrashing threads of electric life which remind us of the real shit, the visceral passion a heartbeat away – if we only reach for it. If we lift our eyes from the technological loop of emails, social media and obligation to discover something new, something pure and unique, we may just go where no one’s been.
That’s the feeling we get watching this raw, painfully naked expression of the fallout, the consequence of unrequited love in “Shame, You’re all I’ve Got”. At times a sweetly delicate heartbreak melody spinner, and at others a wild creature exploring humanity through an alien vessel, Teri’s onstage charisma is an impossible captivation. But it’s here that she clearly connects to a direct nerve.
“This is to you, man who broke my heart,” she offers in the intro through a pained smile. “You destroyed me…” and with a soft, sharp laugh, she begins.
Watch below as Teri commpletely inhabits “Shame, You’re all I’ve Got” from the band’s 2014 release Cry Is For The Flies, backed by drummer Chris Common, exclusively on Crave:
Le Butcherettes Tour dates:
October 29 Burgos, Spain Estudio 27
October 30 Santander, Spain Niagara
October 31 Barcelona, Spain La De Nitsa
November 1 Cadrete, Spain La Ley Seca
November 3 Madrid, Spain Fun House Music Bar
November 6 Lisbon, Portugal Sabotage Club
November 7 Leiria, Portugal Beat Club
November 8 A Coruna, Spain Sala Mardi Gras
November 10 Bilbao, Spain Cafe Antzokia
November 11 San Sebastian, Spain Le Bukowski
November 12 Bordeaux, France IBOAT
November 14 Paris, France Point FMR
November 16 London, UK Underworld Camden
November 19 Brussels, Belgium Magasin 4
November 20 Delft, Netherlands De Veste
November 21 Landgraaf, Netherlands Oefenbunker
November 24 Berlin, Germany Kantine am Berghain