Le Butcherettes A Raw Youth on LP + Download
Featuring Guest Appearances by Iggy Pop & John Frusciante!
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 and ff anyone’s fit to relay these stories, it’s her. Following the initial whirlwind of touring behind Cry Is For The Flies, Teri experienced an epiphany while in Japan. After her first tour in the country, she spent a month there, immersing herself within the culture and its idiosyncrasies. It felt worlds away from her native Mexico as well as her sometime home of Los Angeles.
“I got really inspired,” she admits. “It’s such a beautiful country. You don’t fear for your life. Everything’s on time. Nothing is ever late. If you lose your wallet on the street, you go back to the police station, and they most likely have it there. There’s an incredible sense of community. It completely works, and you feel safe. It’s the opposite of Latin culture where everything is last minute.”
With that idea of community weighing heavy on her mind, she entered RLP Studios (The Morgue Portable Disaster Unit) in El Paso, Texas with longtime producer Omar Rodriguez Lopez. After two frenetic weeks, the band emerged with the wildly energetic, nefariously catchy, and cinematically warped A Raw Youth.
Album opener "Shave The Pride" teeters between a kinetic guitar buzz and a sizzling call-to-arms chorus. Later on the album, "They Fuck You Over" brings things full circle for Teri who penned the initial framework of the song at only 16-years-old. The record continues a tradition of collaboration with iconic guitarist John Frusciante adding a psychedelic swoon to record closer "My Half." Meanwhile, previous tour mate Iggy Pop adds a gritty sense of savoir faire to the gnashing vaudevillian stomp of "La Uva."