* ANNOUNCED: Omar Rodriguez Lopez (of Mars Volta/At The Drive In) WILL BE PLAYING BASS WITH LE BUTCHERETTES *
The garage-punk trio Le Butcherettes are like the
brilliant offspring of surrealist Luis Bunuel and intrepid rock icon PJ
Harvey. Led by 21-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.
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 2008 as the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender
Bender; a self- proclaimed modern feminist who cites Sylvia Plath and
Malcolm X as major influences. Born in Denver, CO 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 arrived in 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 Mexican 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.
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. After relocating to Los
Angeles in late 2010, Teri recruited renowned drummer Gabe Serbian (The
Locust) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (Hella, Broken Bells) to round out
Le Butcherettes lineup.
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 will issue the album on May 10th, 2011 on
Rodriguez Lopez Productions via Sargent House.