Band of the Month: Le Butcherettes Twist The Knife in ‘Shame, You’re all I’ve Got Left’ (Acoustic)

Watch Teri Gender Bender wrestle her own heart in Le Butcherettes' raw, exclusive CraveOnstage performance.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

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:

Check back next week for another exclusive live track rom Le Butcherettes, and pick up A Raw Youth on iTunes. Also keep up with the band on Facebook and Twitter.

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

 

Previous Band of The Month Performances:

Alain Johannes / Grieves / Steel Panther / Vintage Trouble / Semi Precious Weapons  

Hot Karate / RX Bandits / Nico Vega / The Mowgli’s / Dessa / Everlast / Motopony

The Wild Feathers / The Silent Comedy / LP