L7 was formed in 1985 by Suzi Gardner and Donita Sparks, and released their first recorded material in 1987. The all female, hard rock band roared into the '90s along with the grunge movement, and, while successful, they never got the full credit they deserved.
Photo by Bruno Casonato L7 rocked as hard or harder than any of their male contemporaries.
Fortunately, there's hope on the horizon for fans, or for people who never got a chance at seeing L7 the first time around. The band has recently made an announcement on Facebook that they are considering a reunion based on a wellspring of support they've been receiving from fans. To make that happen, the band is asking that people go to their website and sign an email list. With so many mediocre bands reforming to record or tour again, it would be amazing to have the opportunity to see one of the best heavy bands of the '90s back doing what they always did best.
A lot of early press tried to pigeonhole L7 as an easily-marketed "Girl Band." They resisted, and that made them outsiders to a certain degree. I always got the impression that the music press didn't know quite how to cover L7, ill-equipped to handle a female band who didn't seem interested in being promoted as some sort of sexy girl group. The women in the band seemed disinterested in playing by the rules established for crappy female groups that came before them, not content to be dismissed due to their gender, or to be promoted in the same way that, say, Vixen (or other vaguely hard rock female groups) had been.More »