NPR Music is a gift to the American music scene, and one of the best elements of the indie rock support scene. Their Tiny Desk Concert series has attracted a wide array of musicians, and recently that included Teri Suaréz (a.k.a. “Teri Gender Bender”) of the Mexican garage punk band, Le Butcherettes. Not that this is the first outlet to take note of Le Butcherettes unique talents, which were on display in 2011 at SXSW, and were then summoned last summer to fill in for Sleigh Bells at Lollapalooza and have also provided support for bands like Iggy and the Stooges, The Deftones, The Dead Weather, The Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And, they are indeed a part of the two-consecutive-weekends-musical-orgasm that is Coachella 2012.
The band may only have one album, but Ms. Gender Bender’s doll-like appearance and well of rage make it easy to see why the organizers of Lollapalooza thought they would fit the void left by Sleigh Bells decision to withdraw from the festival. I cannot wait to see this waifish Sybil in person…I’m just hoping that the multiple personalities she is known to display on stage doesn’t resurrect memories of an ex-girlfriend who shall remain nameless.
Her vocals and off-kilter musical style will remind some of PJ Harvey and will either leave you scared or turned-on. Or, possibly both. Remember…fore-warned is fair-warned.