| September 18, 2015|
18 September 2015
| Paranoid & Sunburnt, Stoosh, Never Mind the Bollocks, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Milo Goes to College|
A Raw Youth is the third album by Mexican band Le Butcherettes, released on September 18, 2015 via Ipecac Recordings
The album examines themes of personal and social oppression.
"Shave the Pride" originated as a diatribe against Gender Bender's bearded lover hiding behind "masses of hair". After rewrites, the song's "outrage and frustration" became directed against society's "unwillingess to view all perceptions of [a] story... hiding behind the mass media."
"La Uva" (originally written for Bosnian Rainbows' 2nd LP) uses a symbol of grape to represent "a fragile being that can be stepped on. But, the ink from its body stains and is seen by other people."
"Sold Less Than Gold" was partially inspired by Gender Bender's trip to Iran. According to her, "the song was written with women from the Middle East in mind - women that were being sold from their family to strangers. Being raped and mutilated." It's about "women (...) sold into marriages or into sex slavery and how resilient their spirits are.”
"The Hitch Hiker" plays out a call-and-response between a hitchhiker and the man who picks her up. The situation escalates into kidnapping and murder.
"My Half" deals with "finding closure with the loss of an unjust death."
A Raw Youth received generally favorable reviews.
Consequence of Sound's Karen Gwee wrote that the album "marks Le Butcherettes’ triumphant entrance to the mainstream rock arena, accomplished with no compromise to their identity."
All music and lyrics written by Teri Gender Bender.
Le ButcherettesTeri Gender Bender - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Chris Common - drums
Jamie Aaron Aux - bass
Additional musiciansIggy Pop - guest vocals on "La Uva"
John Frusciante - guitar & synth bass on "My Half"
Deantoni Parks - verse drums on "La Uva"
Marcel Rodríguez-López - percussion & bass (Moog) synth on "Stab My Back" and "Lonely & Drunk"
ProductionOmar Rodríguez-López - producer
Jon DeBaun, Joe Galdo & Hart Gunter - engineering
Chris Common - engineering, mixing and mastering
Mackie Osborne - design and layout
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