L7 Reunites: Original Lineup Plays First Show in 18 Years
BEST NEWS: Seminal ’90s band–and one of my all time favorites–L7 reunited their original lineup for the first time in 18 years at the Echo in LA. As freaky as it is that “the last time I saw L7″ can go buy me a pack of cigarettes and play the lotto now, this is fantastic news.
According to Pitchfork, the band played mostly songs from 1992’s Bricks Are Heavy, including “Pretend We’re Dead” (shown above), which occupied a prominent spot on most of my mixtapes throughout high school.
The band kicked off the set with “Andres” with guitarist Suzi Gardner sounding as great as ever, while both Donita Sparks and Jennifer Finch head-banged with mega smiles on their faces. Moving into “Death Wish,” it was Donita’s turn to take over lead vocal duties. Drummer, Dee Plakas was rock solid while Finch writhed around on stage, playing it up to the crowd. With the amount of energy that the ladies put out at first, I was expecting them to mellow out a bit, but that was far from the case. L7 was in fine form and never let up during their 18-song long set (!!!). They finished their set off with a three-song encore playing “American Society”(the mega hit),“Pretend We’re Dead,” and “Fast & Frightening.” As the hot & sweaty crowd poured out on to Sunset Blvd., it was nothing but smiles and “Oh. My. God’s”.
The band is gearing up for a full-on tour across the U.S. and Europe. Tragically, there is no stop scheduled in Chicago, which means I’m gonna have to hope that Amelia is cool with me crashing on her couch in September when they come to New York. [YES! LET’S GO. — Amelia]