Le Butcherettes haven’t been on our radar for long but, like a tornado that drops into town on an otherwise quiet afternoon, they’ve left a definite impression (like a guitar amp tattoo on our ear drums).
Le Butcherettes are three-plus year old band that was created as a duo by the Denver-born singer and guitarist Theresa Suarez. When her arts-loving and inspirational Dad passed away, Suarez renamed herself Teri Gender Bender and decamped for Guadalajara with her performing partner Auryn Jolene. As Le Butcherettes, the pair’s outrageous stage show and Velvet-Underground-meets-Sonic-Youth sound won them the immediate adulation of the Mexican underground scene.
When Jolene made an abrupt departure, Ms. Gender Bender relocated to LA, snagged Locust’s Gabe Serbian on drums and Broken Bells‘ bassist Jonathan Hischke to “create the lext level of Butcherettes madness (and add to their list of rock royalty with whom they traveled.)”
New York,” which we featured last month, is from their debut album called Sin Sin Sin. As we told you then “references to Bikini Kill, Karen-O and Patti Smith are no coincidence: Le Butcherettes combine the lyrical power those three with a fierce rhythmic pulse that is for all the world commensurate with what the Dead Weather have been turning out.”
Produced by Omar Rodriquez-Lopez, “New York” is a unanimous and undeniable choice as one of the best rock songs of the year.