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L7’s Original Lineup to Reunite After 14 Years

Band releases trailer for upcoming documentary ‘L7: Pretend We’re Dead’ and announces festival dates

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Charles Peterson

UPDATE: With three days still left of their Kickstarter fundraiser, L7 have exceeded their original goal of raising $97,000 for the documentary L7: Pretend We’re Dead. The band are still offering a number of prizes related to various contribution levels, including a seance with the band. Handwritten lyrics and a VIP screening are still available for fans who donate.

Los Angeles grunge band L7 have confirmed the reunion they teased fans with last December with new festival dates and a Kickstarter page in support of their documentary, L7: Pretend We’re Dead.

On December 10th, the band posted a personal message on their official Facebook page, noting that the original lineup of Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Demetra Plakas were in talks to play live together for the first time in 14 years. Requesting support and “continued enthusiasm” from fans, the band sought to rebuild a mailing list, gathering e-mail addresses via their official site.

On Tuesday, the band announced two June festival appearances — Spain’s Azkena Rock Festival and France’s Hellfest Open Air Festival —  as well as the promise of more dates this year.

In the same post, L7 linked to the Kickstarter page for L7: Pretend We’re Dead, to be helmed by documentary filmmaker Sarah Price (American Movie, Summercamp) and culled from home videos, interviews and raucous live performances. Prizes for pledges range from a PDF containing scans of various ephemera such as handwritten lyrics to a seance with L7 and spirit medium/magician Rob Zabrecky. Zabrecky also stars as a mortician/Dr. Frankenstein-esque character who brings L7 back to life in the reunion teaser film the band debuted Tuesday. The film aptly ends with a toe thumping to the beat of their most famous song, “Pretend We’re Dead.”

Formed in 1985, L7 released six full-length albums together before announcing a hiatus in 2001. Their fuzzy grunge made them mainstays in the Nineties alternative scene, while their feminist activism led to the creation of the pro-choice benefit concert series Rock for Choice. Both off- and on-stage, the band was known for their wild antics, auctioning off a one-night stand with drummer Demetra Plakas in the late Nineties, and, most famously, seeing lead singer Donita Sparks throw her used tampon at a restless crowd during 1992’s Reading Festival.

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