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It has been almost fifteen years since L7 played together on the same stage, but with reunions from Babes in Toyland and Sleater-Kinney popping up, the band might just be into the idea of reviving their original lineup.
L7 took to their official Facebook page to announce that the four-piece has been listening to fans as they beg for something new. Whether that something turns out to be a documentary on the group’s history, or even a revival tour, the band needs some hype first. The music world can be fickle, and nothing generally happens without a little pressure from the people — or a lot of money, and at this point we don’t see any Kickstarter links — so people-promotion is as simple as it gets right now.
Basically, L7 wants you to get the word out if you would support any of it. They had this to say last week:
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 website.
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
So if you still have love for the original L7, it looks like it is up to fans to get any wheels in motion for future projects. The documentary sounds more plausible than anything, and with the recent history of rockumentaries, it could shape up to be something worthwhile. Visit the band’s new website to sign up for more information and give some support the ladies if you’re up for it.
It seems that now there is indeed a Kickstarter link to visit, and after only 15 minutes, the band has already hit four digits in pledges, before even sharing the campaign on social media. We’re not sure if the momentum will continue so swiftly but if an L7 documentary is something you’d be interested in, rest easy. It looks like it’s gonna happen. Check out the teaser and description below:
Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sarah Price (American Movie, The Yes Men, Summercamp), L7: Pretend We’re Dead takes us on an all-access journey into the 1990’s grunge movement that took the world by storm, and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation.
Culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-before-seen performance footage, and candid interviews, L7: Pretend We’re Dead is an engrossing time capsule told from the perspective of L7, these true insiders who brought their signature blend of grunge punk to the masses!
Chronicling the early days of the band’s formation in 1985 to their height as the ‘queens of grunge,’ the film takes a roller coaster ride through L7’s triumphs and failures, providing never-before-discussed insight into the band’s eventual dissolution in 2001.
L7: Pretend We’re Dead has unwittingly become the catalyst for a recently announced reunion of the band, becoming perhaps the silver lining in this rags-to-never-quite-riches story.
What else is happening with the band? Touring, apparently. The group announced two summer festival dates with promise for more. L7 will perform at the Azkena Rock Festival on June 19th before heading to France for Hell Fest the following day. “MORE DATES WILL BE ADDED, SO DON’T FREAK OUT!” the band promised via email.
The band has been doing a good job of keeping everything exclusive for those who have signed up for the L7 mailing list, so if you haven’t yet signed up on their website, now is the time.