Teri Gender Bender, frontwoman of the Los Angeles by way of Mexico garage punk band Le Butcherettes, has become known for her lively and feral personality, best illustrated through her wild stage antics such as stalking around covered in blood. Not to mention she has killer chops as a singer and guitarist.
Recently, the band chose to perform a cover of Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” for The A.V. Club’s Undercover series — an odd choice, but upon further thought, one that actually seems appropriate. Prior to the performance, Bender says she chose this song in particular because she’s a big fan of Cyrus and likes “how she unapologetically transformed herself.” Bender added she sees the song as being directed more towards the relationship between a daughter and a mother, rather than a significant other, which she resonates with because “at this time in my life I want to wreck my mother’s walls.” But she follows that up by saying to the camera (and her mother), “I just want you to know I love you.”
The trio then dive into a version of “Wrecking Ball” like no other — one that’s filled with fury and ferocity. The tempo is much faster than the original, and also features a punk-rock edge. Free from props, the only wrecking ball in this version is the band itself.
Watch the performance above.