Teri Gender Bender was the epicentre of Sonar 2010. In 2011 she returned with her band, Le Butcherettes, in a gorefest of blues/rock on her LP Sin, Sin, Sin.
What’s the matter with kids these days?
Not content with just making an ungodly noise, they also model themselves on Sylvia Plath, formulating ideas of female identity that are in equal parts fun and bloodthirsty. We’re not talking about NYC (where the mighty shadows of Lydia Lunch and Patti Smith still linger), but the back roads of Zapopan, Mexico, where Teresa Suaréz aka Teri Gender Bender resides.
In 2007 Teri, together with drummer Auryn Jolene, conceived Le Butcherettes in her then hometown Denver, Colorado. In 2009 she moved to Mexico City (with her mother but without Jolene) and recruited a hockey-masked unidentified drummer, Normandi Heuxdaflo.
A spectacular small budget video shot in Paris with Adan Jodorowsky (son of surrealist film director Alejandro Jodorowsky) leaves nothing uncovered and that’s how Teri likes her art – rare:
She’s played with just about every Mexican band worth mentioning, while The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jack White’s The Dead Weather invited her to open their Mexican shows, and Omar Lopez Rodriguez of The Mars Volta agreed to produce the first album.
Teri on meeting her producer: “I met Omar at a warehouse venue in Guadalajara,” she says. “We were playing a show and the power went off. So I took my megaphone and took my pig’s head that was onstage, jumped in the crowd and was singing at the top of my lungs, I climbed up a fence and then the fence went over and I sprained my ankle, but in the moment I didn’t even notice because of the adrenaline. I think Omar just thought, ‘What the f*** is this?’”
What can you say? The kids are all right.
Here is an interview with the lady in red.
Also listen to Red Bull Music Academy Radio with Teri presenting her favourite songs from The Kills, Lola Beltran, Son House, Nick Cave and many others – she definitely is eclectic about her prefered blood type:
The Kills - No Wow - Domino
X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours! - Virgin
Lola Beltran - Cucurrucucu Paloma - RCA
Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago - Columbia
Son House - Death Letter - Edsel Records
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden - Polydor
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Hold On To Yourself - Mute Records
Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl - Kill Rock Stars
L7 - Pretend We're Dead - Slash Records
Plasmatics - The Doom Song - PVC Records
Jack Off Jill - Vivica - Sympathy For The Record Industry
ESG - Erase You - Pow Wow Records
Suicide - Che - Red Star Records
The Cramps - Bikini Girls With Machine Guns - Enigma Records