Le Butcherettes Sin Sin Sin

Le Butcherettes Sin Sin Sin
Female-fronted garage punk outfit Le Butcherettes' debut full-length has 21-year-old Teri GenderBender trading in the Veruca Salt grunge duo shtick for a couple of new members (producer Omar Rodriguez Lopez also plays bass) and a stronger sound. Sin Sin Sin is a highly textured album. "New York" is a Stooges-esque, '70s classic punk tune with a blues-rock tinge, "Leibniz Language" is a hypnotic three-note ballad, proceeded by "Bang!," a riot grrrl anthem through which Teri's low, throaty voice channels a sound heard mostly in the band's 2008 debut EP, Kiss & Kill. The vocals are equal parts spite and theatrics. Final track "Mr. Tolstoi" gives a nod to the absurdity of punk cabaret. Le Butcherette feature Gabe Serbian (the Locust) and Jonathan Hischke (Broken Bells), and the unquestionable timing and rhythm in instrumentals allow for the focus to be placed upon Teri's voice, rising from sultry to blistering shriek in seconds with great moderation, never taking away from the rhythm. Sin Sin Sin finds Teri delivering each song in a new angle, always with vehemence but still holding a sense of amateurish and the classic punk style that it needs to project legitimacy. (Sargent House)