The garage-punk trio Le Butcherettes are like the brilliant offspring of surrealist Luis Bunuel and intrepid rock icon PJ Harvey. Led by 24-year-old vocalist/guitarist/pianist Teri Gender Bender (a recent transplant to L.A. from Guadalajara, Mexico) Le Butcherettes bring a brazen intensity and playful, hook-laden simplicity that hacks to pieces all forms of pretension and excess.
The band’s songs and wildly cathartic live shows have often drawn comparisons to Karen-O, Patti Smith, Bikini Kill and many other female-fronted rock groups, but there’s a theatricality to Le Butcherettes that brings a further reaching sense of mystery and imagery to the band.
Originally forming as a duo, Le Butcherettes began in 2007 as the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist/ keyboardist Teri Gender Bender; a modern feminist who cites Sylvia Plath and Malcolm X as major influences. Born to a Mexican stage actress mother and a father who was a fervent lover of the arts, Teri was constantly surrounded by creative energy. Following the death of her father, Teri Gender Bender moved back to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to begin a new and eventful chapter in her life, and with that the first page of Le Butcherettes was written.
Le Butcherettes quickly garnered acclaim in the Latin underground music scene. The group’s debut EP Kiss & Kill won “Best New Artist” and “Best Punk Record” nominations from Mexico’s Indie-O Awards in 2009, and their outrageous and spirited live show captured the attention of both fans and artists alike. By the middle of 2009, Le Butcherettes were tapped by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs to participate in their multi-date “It’s Blitz” tour of Mexico. There, Le Butcherettes blew away the press, nightly audiences of 25,000+ spectators and even the members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs themselves, who demonstrated their passion for the duo, often dedicating songs to the band. Support dates soon followed with The Dead Weather.
Following a nearly legendary L.A. debut performance, Le Butcherettes signed to the prestigious William Morris Endeavor agency for worldwide booking, leading to US dates with The Flaming Lips, Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Jane’s Addiction. Festival appearances in 2010 included the main stage alongside The Pixies and Interpol at The Corona Capital Festival in Mexico City and the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Fun Fun Fun Fest, endless festivals around the world.
Le Butcherettes’ full length debut, Sin Sin Sin was produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, who also plays bass on all of the album’s tracks, and was released May 10th, 2011. The band toured the U.S, Europe, Israel, Australia, with new drummer Lia Braswell, touring with such acts as Iggy and The Stooges and The Mars Volta. Their follow up album, Cry is for the Flies, was also produced by Rodriguez-Lopez and comes out April 15th, 2014 on nadie, Rodriguez-Lopezâ€™s own label.