Like everything related to Le Butcherettes, it’s all happening rather immediately. A sample, “Demon Stuck in Your Eye,” is below, and an album, “Cry is for the Flies,” is planned for online release as early as Tuesday.
In a 2012 interview Suaréz threatened to Pop & Hiss that “Cry Is for the Flies” would be less “in your face” than “Sin Sin Sin.” Hmmm, perhaps Suaréz has a vastly different definition of “in your face” than the rest of the universe, as its proposed 10 tracks hit hard and fast. There’s plenty of evil lurking ‘round these parts, and not only when Suaréz is gleefully singing that she wants to “make a child cry.”
The sound on “Poet from Nowhere” is that of a carnival of our nightmares, while “The Gold Chair at the Fireman” is the sort of cynical, cocky swagger the Stooges made a career out of. An angelic choir appears on “Normal, You Were,” but it quickly turns hellish amid churning guitars and images of war and death.
Sure, there are one or two moments, such as “Shame, You’re All I’ve Got,” where the guitars quiet down a bit, but the keyboard boasts such a dementedly toyish quality that the tone is still on-edge. Or there’s “My Child,” where Lia Braswell’s rhythms is of the bell-tolling variety and the gender politics hinted at in the song’s lyrics will take a few more listens to unwrap.
For now, listen below to “Demon Stuck in Your Eye,” which highlights what appears to be one of the album’s central themes, namely the anger and paranoia at fighting to not become what we hate (a subject hinted at in the album’s spoken-word intro from punk poet laureate candidate Henry Rollins). In a relatively short and bluesy garage-punk burst, the song offers a hint at the multiple personalities that live inside the colorful vocals of Suaréz, a range that stretches from wild, sinister excitement to a stare-you-down growl.