L7: Pretend We're Dead
Grab your backstage pass and take a visceral immersion into the 1990s with one of its seminal grunge punk bands, L7.
Pigeonholed as ‘all-female’ musicians despite their every effort, L7’s charismatic members struggled against music industry expectations at every turn, even as they contended with questions of celebrity and success.
Assembling a dynamic combination of never-before-seen home video footage, interviews and raucous performances, L7: Pretend We’re Dead is a real time journey witnessing the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of these fierce feminist pioneers of American rock and roll.
“Our fans couldn’t give a shit if we’re women”, founding member Donita Sparks says. "We did not set out to be an all-girl band. It just happened that way“. The formula - one part Donita’s love of pop and punk, one part Suzi’s hard rock and blues, along with charged lyrics that had political bite and humour - proved enough for the disenfranchised, the marginalised…the punk, and earned the band their rightful title as the “Queens of Grunge”.
L7: Pretend We’re Dead traces the influence the band had not only on rock and roll music, but on future generations of women everywhere and is, at the end, a testament to the pioneering spirit of a band that refused to take the status quo lying down.