In 2001, American grunge punk band L7 went on an indefinite hiatus. That hiatus is on its way to a close. That’s right, folks, On December 10th L7 took to their Facebook fan page to announce this:
ATTENTION! A personal message from the band:
Greetings People! We want you to know that the love and support you have shown us here on Facebook this year has taken us all a bit by surprise. What started as a simple band page for us to post some archival photos we had been sifting through for an upcoming L7 documentary has turned into a wellspring of enthusiasm for the band. For this WE THANK YOU!
Many of you have asked when we might return for a reunion. Well, it’s been 14 years since our last show, longer if you consider our original line up. But we (Donita, Suzi, Jennifer, and Dee) are hearing you, we are talking about it, and we kinda agree. Why the hell not?
Here’s the situation…
They say to raise a child it takes a village, well to get interest from promoters for L7 to do reunion shows it’s going to take an ARMY. An army of you all. No joke.
Here’s what we need…
We need your continued enthusiasm, your spreading the word by “Sharing” our posts and getting your friends and enemies to “Like” our page.
First and foremost WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES at our new websitehttp://l7theband.com/
We need to reach you all directly. No spam, no problem.
Let’s show ’em all! Your love and support will make this happen!
For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU.
Love, L7 xo
Founded by Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner in 1985 and later joined by Jennifer Finch on bass guitar and Dee Plakas on drums, L7 was a prominent force during the grunge movement of the early 1990’s. Finding peak success with their third album, Bricks Are Heavy, which was featured in Rolling Stone’s May 1999 list of “Essential Recordings of the 1990’s” came songs like “Shitlist” and “Pretend We’re Dead” showcasing the bands knack for metal guitar riffs, punk sounds and attitude.
Along with others like Babes in Toyland and 7 Year Bitch, they definitely influenced the riot grrrl movement, though their sounds was much tougher–no baby voiced singers here! They started Rock for Choice, along with the Feminist Majority Foundation, an organization supporting the protection of abortion rights for women through the mobilization of the music community. On October 21, 1991 they performed their historic Rock for Choice concert at the Palace in Los Angeles and featured Nirvana, Hole, and Sister Double Happiness.
There was also that epic tampon toss at the 1992 Reading Festival, of which Sparks remains unapologetic (hell yeah).
So needless to say, we are VERY excited about this reunion news! Keep an eye out for any updates on their Facebook page and be sure to sign up for their e-mail list via their official website so we can get them back on the stage. And in the meantime – support Moshpit Monday’s with our fave, "Shove" off of Smell the Magic (1990)
photographs by Michael Lavine Photography