Sounds Like: Heavy garage rock performed by people who look like they rehearse in a meat locker
For Fans Of: Bikini Kill, Thee Oh Sees, shows where the lead singer wears lace and kicks you in the face
Why You Should Pay Attention: Le Butcherettes first turned heads when then-teenage frontwoman Teri Gender Bender would cover herself in fake blood, but they got their break when they opened for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and recorded their debut LP with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta. Though they're still best known for their anything-goes performances, the follow-up, Cry Is For the Flies (out September 16th), documents the band becoming increasingly comfortable in the studio, filling out tunes with fuller production and new songwriting tricks. It's loudest when Teri plays guitar but catchiest – almost playful – when she gets behind the keys.
They Say: "I incorporated the blood because I was angry and frustrated with the way I felt that women – such as myself – were being treated in Mexico. I just wanted to send out this message: 'I've got all this menstrual blood! We should be proud of it!' I stopped doing that, and now it's more about the music and the intensity of giving our all no matter what. We had a show in Portugal where there was a power malfunction during the first song and everything turned off, but I sang a cappella and Lia, the drummer, did a few amazing fills, and the crowd didn't even realize anything had gone wrong."
Hear for Yourself: Rather than combust, "Burn the Scab" slowly descends into flames, the bass growing sludgier and sludgier while Teri's frustrated refrain – "I find it hard to pronounce these words" – becomes more and more frantic.