"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. 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.
Kaia Wilson had previously performed in Adickdid and the queercore band 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 two hardcore punk bands, Vitapup and Born Against, before the two women joined with Allison Martlew to form The Butchies.