WBEZ Jim DeRogatis’ - My 40 favorite albums of 2011 #1 Le Butcherettes

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1. Le Butcherettes, Sin Sin Sin (Rodriguez Lopez Productions)

Smart, fierce, ferociously funny, and tremendously sexy, Mexico’s Teri Gender Bender, a.k.a. Teri Suarez, celebrates love, lust, and social justice while raging against gender inequality and every other tool that the powers that be would use to keep us down, in the process providing absolutely the most necessary, vital, and timely sounds of 2011.

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SXSW 2011: ¡Viva la Revolución! ¡Viva Le Butcherettes!

image by Jim DeRogatis | Mar. 18, 2011

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…the best band I saw on Thursday night, which also was one of the best bands I’ve seen anywhere in a very long time. Teri Gender Bender, a.k.a. Teresa Suaréz, formed Le Butcherettes as an all-girl garage-punk band in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2008 and released one EP the following year. Now completed by drummer Gabe Serbian and bassist Jonathan Hischke, the group is preparing to release its first full album, “Sin Sin Sin,” in May on the label started by Omar Rodríguez-López of the Mars Volta, who also produced the disc. 

Gender Bender hardly needs that connection, though, as she has more than enough star power of her own. Dressing in ’50s housewife attire as desecrated by a riot grrl, she alternately hammers away on keyboard and guitar while wailing with a throaty, soulful roar that recalls Polly Jean Harvey at her most powerful. She spent as much time running through the crowd or surfing atop its upstretched arms as she spent onstage at the Flamingo Cantina amid the bluesy, chaotic swirl of the band’s arty punk sounds, and while her lyrics rarely directly addressed the topics, it was impossible to mistake her fury at the state of relations between Mexico and America, or between men and women anywhere. 

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