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The Butchies are a ground-breaking Lesbian-Feminist band from Durham, North Carolina. Made up of guitarist and frontwoman Kaia Wilson, bassist Allison 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 2003.
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, Mister Lady, created after leaving Team Dresch. The label also released the first two Le Tigre recordings. "Make Yr Life" was released by Yep Roc .
Kaia Wilson previously played in Adickdid and queercore band Team Dresch; Melissa York was also in Team Dresch, playing drums on that band's second LP Captain My Captain and, prior to that, in two hardcore punk bands, Vitapup and Born Against, before the two women joined with Allison Martlew to form The Butchies.
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