Show Review – Melvins / Le Butcherettes at The Paradise (06.27.15)

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Seeing the band playing for the 3rd time shouldn’t be full of surprises, but this case was different – for one the invitation seemingly came out of the blue (credit goes to Matt Icklan, Melvinhead extraordinaire) and was delivered via Facebook.

Surprise #2 came in the form of a bearded bass player – he surely didn’t look like ex-Karp Jared. First thought that crossed my mind was that Jared was kicked out of the band and replaced with Kirk from Crowbar. Further investigation revealed that the owner of the beard in question was Jeff Pinkus, a former Butthole Surfer! (hope that my ignorance can be forgiven since all bearded folks look more than a bit alike and there are few photos of Mr. Pinkus lying around).

Anyhoo…revving up the night was a Mexican trio called Le Butcherettes of whom I know laughably little (other than the country of origin and the fact that more recently they and Melvins shared a split on AmRep). Their sound could be loosely described as garage rock/punk and isn’t terribly original by any means, but is alright if you’re into that kind of thing.

Their main attraction of the trio is a frontwoman by the name of Teri Gender-Bender. She struts across the stage, she extract squiggly noises out of her keyboard and at times she looks like she’s plugged into the amp along with the guitar. I believe that she would’ve made an excellent one-person art performance piece – there’s no need for music even (not that its bad or embarrassing, but its got that “been there, done that” kind of feel to it).

Back to Melvins….

As stated above, Ex-Karp Jarred Warren wasn’t present on stage that night (paternity leave) but the trio of Buzz, Dale and Jeff still did an amazing job (not that I expected anything else out of them). Its not every day that you see a bunch of 50-somethings playing with an abandon reserved for people half their age, but that certainly can be said about Melvins.

Loud and raucous and weird and noisy – they always seem to deliver on all those fronts, both on record and live (even with an occasional misstep here and there). I pity the day when Melvins will retire and hang up their microphones for good, but hopefully that day won’t happen in the foreseeable future.

Further reading:

The Melvins / Le Butcherettes Part 1: Buzz Osbourne on Le Butcherettes (Glide Magazine)

The Melvins / Le Butcherettes Part 2: Teri Gender Bender Loves the Melvins (Glide Magazine)

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8 thoughts on “Show Review – Melvins / Le Butcherettes at The Paradise (06.27.15)

  • conan neutron

    Alright so first three paragraphs are basically how the author doesn’t know what is going on. Stellar writing there Ace!

    PInkus is basically the fill in dude for the bass role at this point. Big Business is currently on tour. That’s it. Additionally, I happen to think Le Butcherettes are one of the best things going right now, but it’s ok to like different things.

    Melvins are awesome, in any of their forms.

    • admin

      No need to get so butthurt over someone else’s opinion – there’s always a space for your own review. Blog space is cheap these days, you know?

      Write it, so you can show me how much better of a writer you are – it would be a time better span than time spent to taunt me from behind your keyboard.

      • conan neutron

        Not butt hurt in anyway. Don’t project.
        I’ve written plenty over the years. It’s all really easy to find. Use your google Luke, also… had you used your google you might have known in advance that Pinkus is the go to fill in dude these days.

        I didn’t go to this show, you want me to review a show I didn’t go to?
        Dumb.

        Anyway, keep fighting the good fight, not indicting you for that. Just realize when you put it out there and pimp it all over social networking creation be ready to take what comes of that.

        • admin

          Alright – the challenge is accepted!

          You’re invited to be an editor and/or write for I Heart Noise.

  • jose villalobos

    le butcherettes are a band that inspired many women in mexico to start music… if you think about it, it takes a ton of courage to start a band in a country dominated by fear. i should know, i am from there. teri gender bender is our frida khalo and her music saved me from personal situations

    melvins are great too and that is why they have butcherettes because they know

    • admin

      I agree with you, Jose – I was just watching a documentary on Alarma!, the Mexican magazine that publishes crime scene photos.

      Fascinating stuff, as it is hair-raising – it sure seems to resonate with what you said about grip of fear in Mexico.

  • Benjamin

    Let’s hope that Big Business never returns to the Melvins.

    • admin

      Interesting – care to expand on why you think BB shouldn’t be associated with Melvins?

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