After winning the favor of alternative icons like Shirley Manson, Henry Rollins, and the Melvins (the latter took them on an extensive tour and even released a split single with them); Teri Gender Bender and her Butcherettes are back with a new album after last year’s Cry Is For The Flies. A Raw Youth is another chapter in their ongoing punk-infused blues rock explorations, but it does have one surprise: a duet with Iggy Pop in Spanish.
“La Uva” is a singsong-y rhyme that tells the tale of a grape. It could almost be a children’s song if not for the fuzzy bass-heavy setting and stomping blues rock drumming that accompanies the melodies. To add another dimension, Le Butcherettes sample a ragtime recording that might as well have been queued up from a phonograph. While other cuts from the record are about trouble in Teri’s life, this one is a fun number with the seriousness directed at the music. Besides, hearing the legendary godfather of punk singing about a grape is hilarious.
Watch the video of the two recording and bonding in the studio above.