Monday, November 28, 2011
[blogs.laweekly.com] This week's feature story is about Teri Gender Bender -- neé Teri Suarez -- of Le Butcherettes. Let's just say she has no intentions of going quietly. She drenches herself in blood, she screams, she thrashes her guitar, and, oh yeah, she pees onstage. Meanwhile, the wild, melodic rock from her band's bristling album Sin Sin Sin won the attention of critics at Lollapalooza and South By Southwest. On Thursday, Dec. 1, the trio opens for the Stooges at the Hollywood Palladium; there's no telling what to expect. In any case, it goes without saying that Teri Gender Bender is a fantastic interview, and here are some quotes from our interview that didn't make the story.
The meaning of her song "Dress Off":
People at school always wanted to see legs. I went to a private school in Mexico, and you had to wear a uniform, and the uniform was a very short skirt - I hated that - and a nice little sweater. I made a petition trying to get girls the option of wearing pants, like the guys did. Even girls didn't want to sign it, because they thought if they were sign it they'd be less sexy. So I was like, uh, fuck it, take everything off, take my uniform off and go to school naked. That's what you want, right? You want to see skin, I'll give you skin.
Before punk rock, she was a teen poet:
It was great for me, but when I opened myself up to friends or to frenemies, they'd read it and they wouldn't understand it, so there was another sense of frustration of not being understood. It's the same thing in music - people are not going to understand your music all the time. You basically fall into the same things over and over again. I keep telling myself, "Your problems aren't special. Just embrace what's around you. Focus on the good things of life.
On loving the Spice Girls:
I grew up listening to the Spice Girls. I never thought I was going to end up being in a band. I'd always wanted to be a singer. I'd be in the shower and I'd be coming up with my dance moves - Posh Spice! I found the path.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:15 PM