Tuesday, October 24, 2017

DVD Review: New L7 Documentary Shows The Band Is Anything But "Dead"

The all-female band L7 were one of the torch bearers of the grunge movement. Their sound was raw, their look was iconic and their songs were anthems of the youth movement. They rose to fame along with bands like Nirvana, Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, but never had that hit record or hit single to put them over the top.

A new, soon to be released documentary titled "L7: Pretend We're Dead" tells you the complete story, first hand from the band. Most of the footage of the band's rise was filmed by L7 with a handheld video camera. It displays the band's rise to conquer Europe and Brazil, as well as their downfall at the end of the nineties. One thing you can say, is that L7 did things their way. Director Sarah Price also does a masterful job allowing the band to tell their story with amazing, behind the scenes footage that can only be seen in this documentary. The band's friendship was as strong as their music, which became an inspiration for other rising bands and especially female musicians to follow. The documentary includes input from other famous musicians and producers like Joan Jett, Shirley Manson, Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig and others. While L7 may have been labeled the "Queens Of Grunge," and shortly dissolved as a band in 2001, their music has become an important, timeless part in the evolution of rock music. This documentary is a music see as it gives the complete story of L7's rise as they spearheaded the nineties decade.

"L7: Pretend We're Dead" will be released on October 27th on Blu-ray/DVD with a 12-page photo booklet. Included with the documentary are bonus scenes, in-studio live performances and 1997 tongue-in-cheek documentary "L7: The Beauty Process," which was directed by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic. To find out more about this new release, please visit l7pretendweredead.com.

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