L7 announce reunion and European gigs

A KickStarter has also been launched for a documentary about the iconic grunge band

L7 have announced their reunion and their first live shows since their break-up in 2001.

The band will play Download Festival in Donington Park (June 12 -14), the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain on June 19 and Hell Fest in France on June 20, with more shows to be revealed.

“It’s going to be a blast playing Download Festival this year,” said Donita Sparks. We can’t wait to see all of our maniac rock and roll mates in the UK again. Reunited, and it feels so good! See you there!”

The band have also launched a KickStarter to fund a documentary called L7: Pretend We’re Dead, which is directed by Sarah Price. “The film takes viewers 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,” reads a press release.

It continues: “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 chronicles the early days of the band’s formation in 1985 to their height as the ‘queens of grunge’ and follows a roller coaster ride of triumphs and failures. It offers particularly revelatory insight into the band’s eventual dissolution in 2001.” L7 announced their comeback with a short video, which you can watch below.

L7 formed in Los Angeles in 1985 and stopped playing live in 2001, announcing an ‘indefinite hiatus’. The group consisted of Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Demetra Plakas. They released their debut, self-titled album in 1988, following it with 1990’s ‘Smell The Magic’ and 1992’s grunge breakthrough, ‘Bricks Are Heavy’. Their final release was 1999’s ‘Slap-Happy’.