Teri Gender Bender

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Teri Gender Bender
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Background information
Birth name Teresa Suárez Cosío
Born May 15, 1989 [1]
Denver, Colorado, United States
Origin Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Genres Punk rock, garage rock, electronic rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Le Butcherettes, Omar Rodríguez-López, Bosnian Rainbows, Kimono Kult, Crystal Fairy

Teresa Suárez Cosío (May 15, 1989), commonly known by her stage name Teri Gender Bender, is an American singer and musician, known primarily as the founding member, lead singer, and guitarist of Guadalajara-based rock band Le Butcherettes since 2007.[2] With Omar Rodríguez-López, she is a member of Bosnian Rainbows (founded in 2012), Crystal Fairy (founded in 2016) and Kimono Kult. Her performance persona and artistry have been compared to Björk, Siouxsie Sioux, and Karen O.[3][4][5] She always performs barefoot.[6]


Suárez was born in Denver to a Mexican mother and a Spanish father, who worked as a prison guard.[7] At age ten she began to have recurring dreams of playing guitar, and was able to convince her father to buy her one. She lived in Denver for the first thirteen years of her life, until she moved to Mexico with her mother and two younger brothers after her father's death from a heart attack.[8][9]

Suárez and drummer Auryn Jolene founded Le Butcherettes at age 17 while still in school in Guadalajara. Jolene was later replaced by Normandi Heuxdaflo. The band incorporated graphic elements such as raw meat and bloody aprons into their stage performances and Suárez adopted the last name Gender Bender as feminist statements of the treatment of women in Mexico.[9] Suárez met Omar Rodríguez-López at one of their local gigs.[10] He was impressed by her performance when after a power outage had interrupted the show, she jumped into the crowd and continued singing into a megaphone.[8][11] Rodríguez-López signed the band to his label, went on to produce their first album Sin Sin Sin in 2011, and also briefly served as the band's bassist. Suárez contributed lyrics and vocals to Rodríguez-López' Octopus Kool Aid in 2012, and starred in his unreleased film project Mi No Y Esperanza.[5] Le Butcherettes' 2014 album Cry Is for the Flies was written about her experience moving from her family in Mexico to Los Angeles in 2012.[3]

In February 2016, she released a cover of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You", recorded together with Omar Rodríguez-López and With Lions, and made available via the latter's SoundCloud account.[12]

Suárez is a vegetarian. She used to be a vegan but stated that she developed anemia which motivated her dietary change.[13]


Bosnian Rainbows[edit]

  • Bosnian Rainbows Live At Clouds Hill LP (2012)
  • Bosnian Rainbows LP (2013)
  • TBA LP (TBA)

Le Butcherettes[edit]

  • Kiss & Kill EP (2008)
  • Sin Sin Sin LP (2011)
  • iTunes Live: SXSW EP (2011)
  • Cry Is for the Flies LP (2014)
  • A Raw Youth LP (2015)
  • Chaos As Usual (With Melvins) [vinyl split] Single (2015)
  • Sólo Soy Pueblo (Llanto) Single (2015)
  • Shave the Pride Single (2015)
  • House Hunter Single (2016)
  • My Mother Holds My Only Life Line Single (2016)
  • Graffiti Amargo LP (2017)

Omar Rodríguez-López[edit]

Crystal Fairy[edit]

  • Necklace of Divorce / Drugs on the Bus Single (2016)
  • Crystal Fairy LP (2017)

Teri Gender Bender[edit]

  • Insect Legs (from Unspeakable Volume One compilation) (2014)
  • Rebel Girl (Melvins feat. Teri Gender Bender) Single (2015)
  • I Feel You (with With Lions and Omar Rodríguez-López) (2016)[12]


  1. ^ https://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Teri_Gender_Bender
  2. ^ Martens, Todd (May 24, 2014). "Le Butcherette's Teri Suarez still angry, even without the pig's head". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  3. ^ a b Garsd, Jasmine (7 May 2014). "First Listen: Le Butcherettes: 'Cry Is For The Flies'". NPR Music. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  4. ^ Sage, Rebekah (19 Jul 2013). "Teri Gender-Bender Is The Latina Björk". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  5. ^ a b McCabe, Allyson Polsky (4 Sep 2013). "A Spotlight Bent Through a Prism". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  6. ^ http://jonathanmoore.com, Jonathan Moore -. "Consequence of Sound : Lollapalooza Recap". Le Butcherettes. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  7. ^ Lovitt, Bryn (13 September 2015). "LE BUTCHERETTES ARE CAKED IN THE BLOOD OF MEXICO: AN INTERVIEW WITH TERI GENDER BENDER". Noisey. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b McCabe, Jess (17 Feb 2014). "I say it out loud and proudly... I'm a feminist!". The F Word. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b Curiel, Kamren (25 Jan 2012). "Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender Puts a Spell On You". Huffington Post Latino Voices. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ Tenreyro, Tatiana (December 2, 2014). "Getting to Know Teri Gender Bender". Rose Water Magazine. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  11. ^ "TERI GENDER BENDER: MUSIC MATTERS". RedBull. 25 Jun 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  12. ^ a b Robinson, Collin (9 February 2016). "With Lions x Teri Gender Bender x Omar Rodríguez López – "I Feel You" (Depeche Mode Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  13. ^ Lopetegui, Enrique (30 May 2011). "Le Butcherettes: The Current's Q & A with Teri Gender Bender". San Antonio Current. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.