There are too many lovely female vocalists to count on both hands and feet in the music scene at the moment. A few to name are Megan James of Purity Ring, Florence Welsh, Lana Del Rey, Claire Boucher of Grimes, and my favorite at the moment, Teri Gender Bender of Le Butchrerettes and, most recently, Bosnian Rainbows.
You are probably wondering where the name Teri Gender Bender came from and why it sounds so soaked in some kind of feminist/gender statement. That’s because it is. Oh, and who the hell is this goddess of a woman? Teri, 22, was born Teresa Suarez and grew up both in the United States, Colorado to be exact, and Mexico. After being subjected to the differences in women’s gender roles between the two countries, Teri started Le Butchrerettes, a Mexican garage punk band, as an activist expression to speak out against the injustices to women in Mexico. By wearing a bloody apron and throwing raw meat across and around stage with her band mates, she stood up for all of the women that had been killed and treated as objects by their disrespectful male counterparts.
Recently, I have been fortunate enough to see Bosnian Rainbows; the new love child of three some Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Deantoni Parks, and Teri Gender Bender. I went to Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012, which was held in the wonderful city of Austin, Texas, expecting to see the standard Omar Rodriguez Lopez set as detailed on the line-up but instead I got a tear rising, life changing moment of pure feminine energy and inspiration. There is a reason I am so enchanted by this leading lady who is not much older than myself. On stage she becomes Teri no longer, and instead transforms herself into a theatrical masterpiece of a woman, complete with a schizophrenic persona paired alongside gracious seizure like movements. I was in the front, against the barrier while Bosnian Rainbows performed; Teri made eye contact with me and in the midst of thinking it was just my imagination, she ran off stage and jumped into the crowd, into my arms. The best part is that her empowering stage performance is not the result of drug use or drinking, she has revealed in several interviews. The thing is, you can never be sure if she is faking it and you start to wonder from where she draws this kind of radiant, beautifully sick energy. It really is art at its finest. I can only hope to interview her myself one day.
You can see Teri perform with Bosnian Rainbows on their current tour. I am especially anticipating their up coming performance in Dallas, TX scheduled for May 28, 2013 and the release of their first, self-titled album on June 28, 2013.
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