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The Butchies

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Durham NC, United States (1998 – present)

The Butchies are a punk rock band from Durham, North Carolina, that existed from 1998 to 2005, and are currently on a hiatus. The Butchies has been referred to as “ crusaders” and the frequent focus of their lyrical content concerns lesbian themes.

Made up of guitarist and frontwoman Kaia Wilson, bassist Alison Martlew, and drummer Melissa York, the band has been performing together since the recording of their first album, Are We Not Femme? in 1998. Since then, the trio has recorded three subsequent albums, Population: 1975 in 1999, 3 in 2001, and Make Yr Life in 2004. They have also appeared on a number of compilations of note, including Being Out Rocks, produced by the Human Rights Campaign (Centaur Productions, 2002), and Fields And Streams (Kill Rock Stars, 2002). In 2005 the band announced a hiatus.

The first three albums were released by the now-defunct Mr. Lady Records, run by Kaia Wilson and Tammy Rae Carland. It was named after Wilson’s first solo LP, Ladyman, created after leaving Team Dresch. The label also released the first two Le Tigre recordings. Make Yr Life was released by Yep Roc. The track, “Sex (I’m a Lesbian)” appeared on Mr. Lady’s 1999 sampler album, New Women’s Music Sampler. In 2001, a live rendition of the track, “Disco”, appeared on another sampler album, Calling All Kings & Queens.

Kaia Wilson had previously performed in Adickdid and Team Dresch, appearing on their first two albums, Personal Best and Captain My Captain; Melissa York was also in Team Dresch, playing drums on the second LP and, prior to that, performing in Vitapup and Born Against.

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  • DisposableHeros

    Oh yeah

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kaelvan

    I think they look hot

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Distill_Serena

    to belosoro4kina and AnnGimmiThat: Being lesbian is not a "look", it's a sexual orientation. That is your prejudice talking. You are morons if you are judging a huge number of people by the looks of a small amount of them [2]

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Lady_Rufus

    Also, where the fuck can i download Send Me You? I've been craving that tune on my iPod for too long now.

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Lady_Rufus

    To all the wankshafts claiming that The Butchies are ugly, i disagree. Nothing quite like a visibly gay gal, if you ask me. ;)

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • acnecore

    Yeah, that LP changed mine also...

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • OneBeat87

    'Make Yr Life' LP changed my life :D

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • EvexElectric

    Love them. [2]

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • _tigerpants

    <3 <3

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • inessa-dl

    <3 [2]

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • gui_x

    lesbians <3

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Propello

    to belosoro4kina and AnnGimmiThat: Being lesbian is not a "look", it's a sexual orientation. That is your prejudice talking. You are morons if you are judging a huge number of people by the looks of a small amount of them.

    26 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Kailombax

    Really awesome band. = ) Love "Madame" <3

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Mamwyn

    Love them.

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • JTLDN

    <3

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Nantosvelta999

    @belosoro4kina you should go with AnnGimmiThat.

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Nantosvelta999

    @AnnGimmiThat maybe you should go see oculist? I know many lesbians, many of them don't please me, but still they're not ugly.

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LilleFluff

    I am happy to inform you that not ALL lesbians are ugly. If that were the case I would kill myself.

    22 Nov 2010 Reply
  • AnnGimmiThat

    why should all the lesbians be so UGLY? i am okay with all the minorities, but their look is..ugh! [2]

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • belosoro4kina

    why should all the lesbians be so UGLY? i am okay with all the minorities, but their look is..ugh!

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
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