Ipecac Recordings have finally unleashed Le Butcherettes’ third album, A Raw Youth.
Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Le Butcherettes is the loud and vivacious brainchild of Teri Gender Bender (vocals and guitar), joined by drummer Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes) and bassist Jamie Aaron, together creating downright enjoyable detonations of off-kilter rock that ooze charisma and light up every live show that they play. Last year’s Cry Is For The Flies LP (co-released with friend, collaborator and producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s label Nadie Sound) was a superb collection of tracks led by the manic angels and demons that possess Teri, and featuring contributions from Henry Rollins and Shirley Manson. This time round, the band are sounding even more driven, confrontational and celebratory – A Raw Youth is an album that speaks to anyone who hears a big beat and can’t deny the will to rock out, wielding the spirit of classic rock, punk poetics, and raw electric guitar power.
“The focus of the album is the recurring conflict between minorities (the raw youths) and society: The oppressor and the oppressed,” explains Gender Bender. “Each song is a different story of a youth from a different time era. Some of them want to die because their faith in humanity has ended, some want to fight the authority, think outside themselves. Another song on the album, ‘Sold Less Than Gold,’ reflects the story of women who are sold into marriages or into sex slavery and how resilient their spirits are. And despite the different time periods, history repeats itself. There will always be conflict and sadly despite the rebels in our history there are people that are zombified. A Raw Youth is an awakened collective consciousness of wanting to live and not fear death.”
The band recorded the album at RLP Studios (The Morgue Portable Disaster Unit) in El Paso, Texas, with Omar Rodriguez Lopez once again on production duties, as he has done for both previous Le Butcherettes’ releases (2011’s Sin, Sin, Sin and the aforementioned Cry Is For The Flies).
A RAW YOUTH TRACKLIST:
1. Shave The Pride
2. My Mallely
3. Reason to Die Young
4. La Uva (Ft. Iggy Pop)
5. Sold Less Than Gold
6. Stab My Back
7. They Fuck You Over
8. Witchless C Spot
9. The Hitch Hiker
10. Lonely & Drunk
11. Oil The Shoe If The Critter Knew Any Better
12. My Half (Ft. John Frusciante)