The Mexican-American punk group Le Butcherettes have a right to question where they come from. Teri Gender Bender, the band’s 25-year-old vocalist/guitarist/pianist, recently moved to Texas from Guadalajara, Mexico, a city where she frequently came face-to-face with violence, corruption, and other time-honored foes of the punk ethos. In the past, Gender Bender and Le Butcherettes have lashed out against the stains of their upbringing with loud guitars and furious, cathartic shouts — the kind that instantly draw comparisons to Karen O and Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.
On their latest single, however, the group allows themselves to sound vulnerable for a change. “My Mother Holds My Only Life Line” is a quiet, desperate coming-to-terms that strips away the distortion and amplifies the discomfort. If the song has a story, it’s one of anxiety and vague abandonment. Le Butcherettes have always been critical of where they come from, but rarely have they sounded so afraid of it.
“My Mother Holds My Only Life Line” marks Le Butcherettes’ first new material since their third full-length album, 2015’s A Raw Youth. The single will be available on all digital streaming outlets on May 6th; listen in below.