Le Butcherettes I’m Getting Sick Of You Live @ MTV Iggy.
The most powerful and captivating band of the day at the Melbourne 2015 Soundwave Festival was hands down Le Butcherettes. That rare quality you find in a handful of great artists across the stratosphere that have equal parts harmony, conviction and entertaining menace, is all mixed up in lead vocalist Mexican Teri Gender Bender.
Reminiscent of watching Kathleen Hanna perform with Bikini Kill, nobody knew what she was going to do next, but we could not leave that sweltering shed that was persisting to melt off our faces without seeing it for ourselves. Alternating between jiving behind the keyboard, and flinging her guitar around on stage while she sang Teri was completely enthralling to watch.
At one point Teri stared deep into the crowd and ran straight off stage and into the alleyway to accost unsuspecting patrons, and the band played on nonchalantly like she does this all the time. The crowd went nuts upon her return to the stage, as this entertainer can conjure up her own whirlwind any time she goddamn pleases!
Lia Braswell was giving the drums a great shellacking too, and given I was dripping with sweat every time I wiggled a finger, that was no mean feat on a 36 degree day. She might need to have a drum-off with Janet Weiss from Sleater Kinney she was that bloody good.
I was half expecting Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta, At The Drive In) to make a guest appearance since his band Antemasque were on the same bill, but alas it was far too uncomfortably hot to be on stage twice in one day.
Chris Common on bass played the appropriate straight man, as you can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen, you don’t want to spoil this magical broth.