L7 have announced a special run of U.S. fall tour dates which includes stops at Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals
Following their blistering performance at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas and their highly successful 2022 “Bricks Are Heavy” 30th-anniversary tour, the band is excited to tear it up at some intimate stages for a rib-rattling in-your-face night of rock and roll.
“The energy and vibe that smaller venues allow is something that we always want to stay connected to,” Donita Sparks shares, “and with a new single in the works, we can’t wait to see our crowd up close and in the flesh.”
L7 North American tour dates:
Sep. 14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wonder Bar
Sep. 16 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Sep. 17 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Hall
Sep. 18 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sep. 21 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
Oct. 02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Venice West
Oct. 03 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Oct. 05 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock
Oct. 07 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
L7, the fierce and unapologetic female rock band, emerged from the vibrant Los Angeles music scene in the late 1980s. Formed in 1985, the group consisted of founding members Donita Sparks (guitar, vocals) and Suzi Gardner (guitar, vocals), along with Jennifer Finch (bass, vocals) and Dee Plakas (drums).
Known for their raw energy, unbridled attitude, and catchy punk-infused grunge sound, L7 quickly gained a dedicated following. Their music combined heavy riffs, infectious melodies, and provocative lyrics that tackled social and political issues. The band’s empowering and often humorous songs resonated with fans who sought an unapologetic voice in the male-dominated rock scene.
L7 released their debut album, “L7,” in 1988, which showcased their aggressive and confrontational style. However, it was their breakthrough album, “Bricks Are Heavy” (1992), that propelled them into the mainstream. Produced by Butch Vig, the album featured the hit single “Pretend We’re Dead,” which became an anthem for a generation and helped establish L7 as one of the leading voices in alternative rock.
Throughout the 1990s, L7 continued to release acclaimed albums, including “Hungry for Stink” (1994) and “The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum” (1997). They toured extensively, sharing stages with iconic bands like NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, solidifying their reputation as a fierce live act.
In addition to their musical prowess, L7 were known for their activism and outspokenness. They openly advocated for feminist causes, addressing issues such as sexism and body image in their lyrics and interviews. Their fearless approach challenged societal norms and inspired many women in the rock and alternative music scenes.
After a hiatus in the early 2000s, L7 reunited in 2014, delighting fans with their infectious energy and explosive live performances. They released their first studio album in over 20 years, “Scatter the Rats,” in 2019, showcasing that their passion and fire remained as strong as ever.
L7‘s influence on the alternative rock and riot grrrl movements cannot be overstated. Their music and fierce persona shattered stereotypes and inspired a generation of women in rock. With their unapologetic attitude, relentless energy, and commitment to authenticity, L7 carved their place in rock history as one of the most influential and empowering all-female rock bands of all time.