When you load up Spotify, a great big chunk of the time you can’t think what to play, right? You default back to your old favourites, those albums and songs you played on repeat when you first discovered you could make them yours.
This isn’t about guilty pleasures; it’s about those songs you’ll still be listening to when you’re old and in your rocking chair. So, enter Teenage Kicks - a playlist series that sees bands running through the music they listened to in their formative years.
Next up, Teri Suárez Coscío (vocals/guitar/piano) from Le Butcherettes.
This record holds a special place in my heart because my father showed it to me when I was very little. It has since inspired my way of approaching songwriting. I was moved very much from the emotional and vulnerability of this record. 'Julia' being an outstanding song for me. The order of these songs fit perfect, and I know the order by memory due to the many many times this record was played in my house. It's the kind of song that stops everything around you but within a sudden blow all your feelings you've had for your mother intensify to the second degree.
Selda came to me at a just the right time except I wish I found out about her since my conception. This album moves me to tears and hypnotises me at every listen. Her sadness and rage translate through the speakers while the guitar work sedates the listener with just the right dosage of effect pedals fused with Turkish influenced funk. She was one for the pioneers of activism and feminism in her own right. It is a dream of mine to be able to meet her for the duality and power in this record are to this day non stop being played in my house. 'Gitme' is a revelatory song in which a wound is desperately trying to be protected, to be wrapped without much further luck, the wound begins to rot... her songwriting is poetry and leaves the mind aching her aches.
Fela Kuti is a fearless game changer in his own right. Especially given the era and surroundings he endured in Ghana to make his risking-taking art, having endangered his own life to write his bone-shaking realist lyrics. A rebel with many causes.
The funk guitar and earthy African beat elements are potent and well-oiled slicky. Spiritual conviction fused along with the fiery leading wind instruments, which immediately possessed my body and made it move like it has never moved before. Fela Kuti and his band lets the music take hold of the listener’s mind with colourful and striking carnal electricity which later introduces his vocal melodies lacing powerful storytelling containing political- metaphoric poetry. His words and heavy blooded messages killed in me the blind egocentric little bitch that wouldn’t let me out of my shell, giving me the desire to learn of another country’s history. Life-changing record.
The main reason this record changed my life was that it was one of my first exposures to a fierce and mean sounding productions with a ridiculous overflowing feel of sensuality and dangerously heart-melting lyrics. I have never heard a record that contained over a 3-minute drum solo, and it certainly shocked me as I would listen to it in my bedroom, letting the drums take my mind into a meditative state of violent hunting. Every time you get closer to capturing the slimy little creature of a toad in your mind, the beast gets away, enhancing the solo of the drums elevate your sense of paranoia and anger.
I came to this record a little bit late in life, but it’s a record that hit me in all the places where they needed to be attacked. I thought I was numb during the period where I came across 'SF Sorrow', and when the first song came ('S.F Sorrow is Born'), I was instantly attracted to the sound and vocal melody. Once you get into the story of The Pretty Things, you start becoming more intrigued with the history of their music. This record along with 'The White Album' opened my mind to the craft of harmonies. Overwhelmingly dark and beautiful.
I remember walking into my room after a day at school (after a long day of being bullied) and put this song on in particular and shut my eyes tight until I'd see patches of red squares under my eyelids.
Taken from the February issue of Upset. Le Butcherettes’ album ‘bi/MENTAL’ is out 1st March.
Featuring Fever 333, FIDLAR, Employed To Serve, Bring Me The Horizon, Taking Back Sunday, Puppy and more.