Los Angeles, US grunge act, L7, found popularity throughout the 1990s, before returning after an extended hiatus in 2014, with their music inspiring a generation of bands to champion women’s rights through the ‘riot grill’ movement. With the fortunate tour stop at the historic First Avenue Mainroom on April 19th, the music scene will come alive with their hardcore alternative/punk style.Kicking off the evening, Death Valley Girls will be hitting the stage with their California doom boogie-like sound. This will be an evening that you will not want to miss. Some tickets are still available through First Avenue online.
The band initially formed in 1985, by friends Suzi Gardner (guitars, vocals) and Donita Sparks (guitars, vocals), before later being joined by Dee Plakas (drums) and Jennifer Finch (bass), after a number years of an ever-changing lineup. In 1988, they signed with Epitaph Records, releasing their self-titled debut that same year, followed by “Smell the Magic” in 1991, released on Sub Pop.
Their punk/metal hybrid failed to garner much success but following Nirvana’s breakout hit with “Nevermind,” alternative music found a surge of popularity. With 1992’s “Bricks are Heavy” (on Slash Records), their trashy punk sound broke into the charts, peaking at the top spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album charts. L7 brought a female voice into the grunge movement, also becoming involved in activism, often outspoken and outrageous in their public displays. They set up the non-profit ‘Rock for Choice’ organization, providing a platform to raise support for women’s rights through annual concerts.
Be sure to check out L7’s latest song release ‘Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago’
Also available, check out the L7 music video ‘I Came Back To Bitch’
Kicking off the evening, Death Valley Girls will be hitting the stage with their California doom boogie-like sound. This will be an evening that you will not want to miss.