Butch County
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Butch County

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States
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"Missives from SXSW: Exene Cervenka on How Her Week Ended"

"Then we saw Butch County, a hard-rockin' outfit fronted by Katy, who is super-tough and can really belt out a tune. One of the guiarists reminded us of a cute, young Joan Jett. Both bands were really good. Ran into some friends there and called it a night when it got dark. Can't argue with darkness. Got groceries and went back to the room."
- OC Weekly


"Butch County Sugarloaf Mountain"

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BY MARGARET MOSER, FRI., FEB. 18, 2011

There shouldn't be a lot of guessing about a band with a name like Butch County, but don't be surprised if the single "Sugarloaf Mountain" doesn't drill a few holes in your skull before it leaves. Butch County (formerly Koonce) gut-punches listeners with the muscle and swing of AC/DC-style, 1970s-flail-your-hair, old-school hard rock. Oh, singer Katy Koonce is a dyke? That just means when she wraps her hand around the microphone, she knows what she's doing. - Austin Chronicle: Margaret Moser


""Sugarloaf Mountain makes me want to get collagen injections and breast implants and become a groupie. ""

This is a podcast. - ://chick-habit.tumblr.com/post/458712063/chick-habit-episode-2


"Keeping Austin Queer: 5 Great Gay Bands To See at SXSW"



Keeping Austin Queer: 5 Great Gay Bands To See at SXSW
Though Texas spawned Dubya, the Republican Dennis the Menace (who's really from Connecticut, anyway), the state capitol is a bi-curious blueberry stain on the mostly blood-red state. Austin’s half-dozen gay bars form a single city block, but it's no ghetto. Most of the residents feel as comfortable mixing in public as they do swimming naked at nearby Hippy Hollow. But for a city whose unofficial motto is, "Keep Austin weird," it’s strange that their annual music festival, South By Southwest (SXSW), a week-long event featuring over 1,000 bands, has only one specifically gay event, and an unofficial one at that.
This Sunday, (Mar. 23rd) GayBiGayGay, a free, all ages, backyard party on the last day of the week's festivities, touts itself as “the biggest queer event of the SXSW experience,” with music ranging from hip-hop and punk to bluegrass. The organizers, Hazey Fairless and Silky Shoemaker, promise "music, celebratory engagement, delights, flirtation, dancing, camp, thrills, fireworks, shirts off, and homosexual utopia!" Below, five queer bands performing in this year's line-up that you need to keep your eye on.


Dangerous Ponies
The upbeat queer and allied septet from Philadelphia plays deliriously catchy pop-rock (“kindergartner sing-a-longs” they call them) in war paint with a break dancing tambourine player.


Butch Country
Though Joplin-esque front woman Katy Koonce gender-bends into the Vulgar Viking and Captain Scallifag with nothing more than a horned helmet and codpiece, the band ends up sounding like slower, Southern version of Black Sabbath with none of the chicken-decapitating Satanism we’d come to love.
- http://www.queerty.com


Discography

Sugarloaf Mountain-The Single recorded at Top Hat Studios Austin, TEXAS
Butch County:EP Collier Street Studio
The "The New 45" Recorded at Firehouse Studios in Austin Texas.

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Butch County is a five-piece band from Austin, TX.

Lead singer Katy Koonce is a veteran of the experimental queer performance project known as Raunchy Reckless and the Amazons. In her review of SXSW 2011, punk rock icon Exene Cervenka called Koonce “super tough,” and said that she can “really belt out a tune.”

Every posturing rock front man needs a fleet-fingered virtuoso to back him up. Rachel Savoie is a prodigy on lead guitar. She reinvents the masturbatory, masculine guitar solo with the sexy confidence of a doe-eyed ingénue.

At the heart of Butch County is a precise and powerful rhythm section. Drummer Keri Cinquina and bass player Julie Carlton have been performing together since the 90s, when they zigzagged the country with a nationally touring act called Denim and Lace.

Kris Frederiksen’s backing vocals push the band to new heights, while her rhythm guitar completes the band’s big rock sound. Kris’s prominently displayed muscles moved Exene Cervenka to compare her to a “young Joan Jett.”

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