Interview: Le Butcherettes
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:33:28
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The band's powerful new album is out in September.
There's nothing quite like seeing Le Butcherettes live. Vocalist and guitarist Teri Gender Bender will be crawling through the crowd or practically singing out her soul on the stage, and everybody's eyes will remain on her the entire time. She's got that captivating presence punctuated by a mix of unbridled talent and uncontainable creative spirit. She can sling a mean punk rock tune too as evinced by the band's new album A Raw Youth [Ipecac]—out September 18. It's powerful, poetic, and poignant, just like the frontwoman. She poke to us in this exclusive interview about A Raw Youth and so much more.
What ties 'A Raw Youth' together for you? It flows so well from top-to-bottom!
The team work. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is a visionary producer. Chris Common is a phenomenal drummer and a talented studio engineer and album mixer. Jon DeBaun is also one of the best studio engineers out there. Jamie is an all round spectacular bass player. I've been very fortunate in being surrounded by talented people that are able to complement my vision and my project's sound. If it weren't for them I'd be all over the place. The special guests on the record give the album a unique flow, and I do believe that Mackie Osborne's involvement in the art department make the album a whole special dream come true.
What does the song "My Half" mean to you? It's such a great closer.
Thank you so much. This song is about finding closure with the loss of an unjust death. Because at the end of it we are all going to pass away into an unknown realm, our other half is already somewhere that is not visible to our naked eyes.
When you're playing live, what are you usually thinking? Le Butcherettes remain one of the best live acts I've ever seen.
It is almost like a meditation. Of course, you have to be aware of playing tight and in sync with the bass and the drums, but what I love about playing live is that it is also very liberating and puts me on a plane that doesn't only pertain to this planet. It is almost as if traveling to space or to another realm. Only a true poet will be able to explain what a fool like me is trying to express. Thank you for your kind words.
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