There’s a moment in all of our lives where we learn of the great injustices around us and decide what we’re going to do about it on a personal level, you could sum it up as, to conform or not to conform. Le Butcherettes—Teri Gender Bender [vocals/guitar/piano], Chris Common [drums], and Jamie Aaron [bass]—examine that push-and-pull on their third full-length album, A Raw Youth[Ipecac Recordings]. For Teri, you can either embrace that youthful spirit of individual rebellion or be crushed under the gears of society’s oppressors.
“We can all be free if we want to,” she declares. “You take those transmissions and become A Raw Youthor a part of that oppressive society. Youth doesn’t mean young. It’s the essence of being resilient against so many of life’s struggles. In every decade or era, there’s always a rebel who gives inspiration for the poets to write about. That person holds the light. These songs tell those tales.”
If anyone’s fit to relay these stories, it’s Teri. Since first releasing Le Butcherettes’ Sin, Sin, Sin, in 2011, the Guadalajara-born and now El Paso-based punk prophet songstress has sent shockwaves throughout the music world at large. Childhood heroes like Garbage singer Shirley Manson and Henry Rollins have been eager collaborators with Rollins dubbing her “a star” in a Los Angeles Times’ article and routinely playing the band on his KCRW show. With 2014’s Cry Is For The Flies, the group elevated their game once again, with NPR saying the album is “as gorgeous as it is restless, dense and dark” and saying of Teri, “She’s always been a remarkable musician and vocalist, but she reaches new heights here.”