YES! The documentary has been completed and will be released!
Director Sarah Price, known for her other anti-establishment documentary The Yes Men, collected most of the film’s footage from over 100 hours of never-before-seen home videos, mostly filmed by the band members as they toured, along with newly discovered footage from their insane, head-banging concerts. It’s the best kind of look inside the 1990s grunge scene, one that’s raw and candid, with screaming crowds, thrashing guitar solos and stage-diving.
But it’s not always easy. As singer-guitarist Suzi Gardener explains in a clip, “People assume that you’re racking in the cash if you’re on the cover of Spin Magazine. But unless you sell an insane amount of record, you’re just a working stiff at best.” This statement reads more like a prophecy since the band’s last album before their indefinite hiatus, Slap-Happy (1999), failed to chart in the U.S. That being said, it’s amazing to see this group of ladies fuck shit up and jam out. “We’re so excited!” They shout together in unison.
Always a wild ride, the ladies of L7 were pioneers in the grunge-punk genre. Their volatile lyrics pushed back against political and social oppression with a kind of brazen humor that made their songs into for anthems for disenfranchised girls everywhere. Along with the release of the documentary, L7 has also announced a reunion tour, with their first series of concerts beginning this week in Australia.
(got em all!)