Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin

Le Butcherettes - Sin Sin Sin

When confronted with things that you don’t understand, how do you handle it?  Do you simply dismiss the art as stupid, or misguided?  Or do you attempt to weather your mental storm and try to reach a deeper understanding?  In the event of the debut album by Le Butcherettes, Sin Sin Sin,  it is a combination of both.  While leader Teri Suarez is clearly a provocateur in her lyrics and stage antics,  the album as a whole leaves one wondering what the fuss is about.  Clearly from what I have read, Le Butcherettes are an absolute must see live act.  Ms. Suarez has been known to spend as much time in the crowd as on the stage and her use of props to complete her statements is well documented.

Any discussion of Le Butcherettes begins and ends with lead singer/guitarist/songwriter/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender (Suarez being her birth name).  A ball of fire wrapped in a lithe frame, she wiggles and brays all over this album with a star’s sense of the moment.

But what about the album?  Sin Sin Sin is an amalgamation of the last 40 years of punk and heady feminism, wrapped up in a spry 35 minutes.  Opener “Tonight” is a good indicator of what is to come with its keyboard blasts and primal drums.  The tale of a woman feeling incredibly objectified is chilling, yet Gender Bender makes it empowering as well.   The snake driven riff of “Henry Don’t Got Love” is a winner, then it’s all power chords cranked to 11.  “Leibenz Language” is another early highlight, acting as almost a mini suite featuring different sections.  “All You See in Me is Death” is a short smooth synthy number, that works remarkably well in its brevity.  “The Actress that Ate Russou” is another highlight that works with Gender Bender’s vocals taking on a more traditional turn.

Sin Sin Sin, produced by Omar Rodriguez Lopez, is an album that shouldn’y have a tough time living up to the hype, but it does.  There is a lack of consistency, often credited as ambition, running throughout the album.  Sin Sin Sin, though running well under 40 minutes, isn’t tight in the way you want it to be.  Clearly, Teri Gender Bender is a superstar waiting to burst upon a huge audience.  Sin Sin Sin is an okay start to that journey, but the truth is what’s next will be better.

Rodriguez Lopez Productions