Les Butcherettes played at Goldfield’s Trading Post in Sacramento on February 6th. The band promoting their album bi/MENTAL and left an indelible print on all who attended. The night got off to a rousing start with Los Angeles based opener Stars at Night who brought high energy, beat heavy strain of alternative music to an appreciative crowd.
Les Butcherettes, which was formed in Guadalajara, Mexico, is clearly influenced by everything from East L.A. Chicana Garage Punk, to David Bowie, to The Clash. Teri Gender Bender, the singer, keyboard, guitar playing force of nature is one of the most dynamic personalities currently fronting any band. Alejandra Robles-Luna is a dynamo on the drums, keeping the beat with bassist Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez while Riko Rodriguez-Lopez trades guitar and synth duties with Gender Bender.
The setlist drew heavily from bi/MENTAL and their 2015 release, A Raw Youth. Much of the music kept to the punk ethos of short, high intensity, fast-paced songs. Between songs, Gender Bender shared stories about the songs and her appreciation for those who had come out to support the band.
Les Butcherettes is a band you should seek out and if they come to your hometown, get out and see them. Find 2019 tour dates here.
Words and photography Daniel James.