Grunge-punk pioneers L7 explore their history in Sarah Price’s upcoming documentary L7: Pretend We’re Dead. The movie’s official trailer finds a pair of rock legends, Garbage singer Shirley Manson and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, praising the band as trailblazers. “They were openly, brazenly feminist, and I really responded to that,” Manson says in the clip. “They had the riffs,” adds Novoselic. “They had the songs. They just rocked.”
The trailer previews the group’s whirlwind journey – from their 1985 formation in Los Angeles through their numerous tours and six studio albums to their initial 2001 breakup. L7 earned critical acclaim along the way, but as singer-guitarist Suzi Gardner notes in the clip, it was difficult to survive financially in a fickle music industry. “People assume that you’re raking in the cash if you’re on the cover of Spin Magazine,” she says. “But unless you sell an insane amount of records, you’re just a working stiff at best.”
The film – named after L7’s hit song from their third LP, 1992’s Bricks Are Heavy – features unearthed vintage home movies, previously unseen performance footage and newly filmed interviews with Manson, Novoselic, Butch Vig, Brody Dalle, Joan Jett, Lydia Lunch, CSS, Veruca Salt’s Louise Post, Allison Robertson, Allison Wolfe, 7 Year Bitch and X singer Exene Cervenka.
Pretend We’re Dead is out this fall, with select screenings to be announced soon. The recently reunited L7 will kick off an Australian tour on Thursday, October 6th. Full dates are available at the band’s website.