LE BUTCHERETTES – Lucky 7.
LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask bands to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own. Today we feature Le Butcherettes!
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) together creating downright enjoyable detonations of off-kilter rock that ooze charisma and light up every live show that they play. There’s also no arguing with a band who can call Iggy Pop “a close friend”, a buddy who also who duets on the heady, hazy track “La Uva”. If that wasn’t enough, ex-Chillis guitarist John Frusciante also joins the fray by guest starring on the track “My Half” and Teri’s also mates with The Melvins. Don’t worry, you’re friends are cool too – just not as cool as Teri’s.
When an artist agrees to do a Lucky 7 it’s not just an honour but the wait to see what they come up with is incredibly exciting too. Not only does the artist put in a hell of a lot of effort in to these, but we get to see what shapes them, what makes them musically and often as a person who they are. Le Butcherettes’ Lucky 7 doesn’t disappoint, taking us through a journey of classic pop, rock, punk, and grunge, throwing in a few choice surprises to batter mix.
Over to Teri for Le Butcherettes’ Lucky 7!
(IN NO ORDER!)
1. The Beatles – “No Reply”
The musical structure of this song is flawless; the simple yet powerful | v/pc/c/v/pc/c/b/v/pc/c |. It teases my ear holes when the bridge section of the song commences, the heart wrenching love story becomes crueler only to go back to the god forsaken howls of never hearing back from the one you thought you had it good with you. Great interpretation of story telling the same ole love broke heart soaked tale but of course, it’s The Beatles, they did it all. My point: To me this song was meant to serve that deliciously heart breaking bridge because it truly reaches a soft spot I didn’t even know I had.
2. Fela Kuti – “Follow Follow”
The musicality is as fine as they come in this song; The powerful message that bleeds it in all together still resonates with todays society, even to a literal sense where nowadays it’s all about following one another on social medias, it’s all symbolical and the poetry leads us to the bigger picture.
On a side note; it is very understandable to me as to why Fela was very paranoid (with good reason given historical patterns of thievery) when the white man (Paul McCartney) would go to his country to record. He wanted to make sure no one was stealing the black man’s ancestral, evolving sound. Only to his surprise Paul was on his own trip recording Wing’s material.
3. Violeta Parra – “Gracias a La Vida”
This song hits a nerve in me. In my head this is the perfect good bye song… My womanly instincts feel this song was her resignation to life but her appreciation of it as well. What better way to say goodbye to the world than by thanking it from a place where it has not been wounded but cannot go on any longer. The strength it must take a soul to be able to write a song in the darkest of times.
Violeta’s life has always fascinated me and greatly perturbed me. We as hispanics love her voice and the messages of empowerment and her people’s sorrow due to her countries corruption/injustices that she ingrained in her poetry/music.
4. The Melvins – “Night Goat”
This song has taught me so much about conviction, power and complete histeria smothered with the lines of raging and surreal poetry. Dale’s unique drumming and Buzz’s instinctual guitar playing really were meant for each other. They are the kings of unapologetic and uncomprisming music makers. Night goat is a great example of their game changing ways. Can’t believe that I am lucky enough to call these men my friends. They have always been so supportive and taken my band out on tour quite a bit.
5. Iggy Pop – “Sister Midnight”
Slow punk with a mix of tasty funk. I love this song. Iggy voice is so nice and the tone on this song makes me happy. Every element in this song is very nicely produced and I am a sucker for detailed recordings. The drums on this song are so crisp and if you focus just a little bit you can almost imagine Iggy being right next to you while he delivers the story. This song proves that a true collaboration amongst the greats is possible and even essential in todays’ music writing world: Pop, Bowie and Alomar have blended within each other’s world perfectly. Making the listener feel very cool and nightly.
6. David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
I love this song so much because it is very fun to play to. The type of song that teaches you so much about having a good time with a vocal melody despite the unusual chord changes that might take one aback a bit but it makes soulful sense. Also talk about good story telling, I love the visual imagery of Bowie’s lyrics. I guess I’m just a sucker for any song that has interesting lyrics and tasteful music composition. God. What a good song. I still can’t believe Bowie is not here on this earth anymore. But he lives within us.
Lucky 7: Le Butcherettes – “Shame, You’re All I’ve Got”
It’s my favourite to play on the ukulele when I’m rehearsing by myself and because Shirley Manson my heroin and queen of melancholically empowering yet elegantly cynical poetry / musician / actress / honest person / sings on the song and Billy Bust engineered her vocal takes which makes the session feel very raw and honest due to the family touch of teamwork. That is rare nowadays where two people can find a team in one another. Billy and Shirley have just this. Very inspiring… and also very funny because ‘Shame, You’re All I’ve Got’ is not about a man-love-song, it’s abut the bigger picture of one’s self. She is an amazing inspiration.