Sound Advice: Le Butcherettes (June 22)

Garage Punk surrealists Le Butcherettes take the stage at the Taft Theatre.

Jun 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

click to enlarge Le Butcherettes - Photo: Laura May
Photo: Laura May
Le Butcherettes
Teresa Suárez is an uncommonly intense woman. Best known as Terri Gender Bender, her stage name as the frontwoman for the lacerating Rock band Le Butcherettes, Suárez also has a lighter side, some of which shines through via her other musical projects with good buddy Omar Rodríguez-López (of The Mars Volta and At the Drive In fame): Bosnian Rainbows, Kimono Kult and, most recently, the stellar Crystal Fairy, which also features Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of The Melvins.

Suárez is a riveting frontlady — her expressive vocals and unabashed physicality conjure a mix of PJ Harvey, Siouxsie Sioux and even Pat Benatar — no matter the context or outfit in question. She’s currently on tour with Le Butcherettes, a trio whose most recent album, 2015’s A Raw Youth, moved from Punk to New Wave to oddball Prog with surprising dexterity.

Suárez grew up in Denver until the age of 13, which is when her family moved back to its Mexican homeland after her father, a prison guard, died from a heart attack.

“All the feelings of unworthiness and doubt had been pent up in me for far too long before I created Le Butcherettes (in 2007),” she said in a recent interview with The Void Report. “I am a very explosive and violent person. It has been ingrained in me because children are like sponges and I grew up in a very…interesting household. Being underestimated and treated like an invisible worthless object in society can have its negative effects on the self. Lucky for me, I was able to drown my sorrows with the hard-earned death of my father. In a way, his death saved my life, because it made me focus more than ever on our obsession with art.”

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