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L7They’ve toured downunder three times, leaving a trail of debris in their wake – now, the god-like L7 have just released their first ever live album !! Vicious Kitten chased down guitarist Suzi Gardner recently to get the latest from the L7HQ (interview conducted November, 1998)


 

Vicious Kitten: Let’s start with the new live album ‘L7 Live – Omaha to Osaka’. Where was it recorded at ? 
Suzi Gardner: As the title states, it was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska and Osaka, Japan. However the Overture/Medley performed by the John Marshall High School Marching Band was recorded in Los Angeles

VK: Do you think it captures the energy and mayhem of L7 live and are you satisfied with the finished result ?
SG: Yeah, these recordings capture all… warts and all. These aren’t slick, spruced up recordings with a lot of ‘studio magic’, they are raw and honest. You even get loads of in between song banter, our usually crass commentary. Don’t play this in earshot of your Mom. Really, all you need is a dark room, headphones and a cigarette lighter for the encore!  And it comes complete with Frank Kozik’s kick ass artwork

VK: What’s in the immediate pipeline for L7 ? A new studio album early next year ?
SG: Well we had hoped to have a new album out early in the year, but we are in between labels. I imagine we WILL have a full-length album out sometime in 1999. So in the mean time we taking this opportunity to do a few fun things that we’ve always wanted to do. One of those things is releasing a live album. Bootlegging ourselves, as it were. We’ve also been writing and recording new material. We’re planning to release a single on the net as well.

VK: Gail’s been in for a couple of years now (I think we may’ve seen one of her earliest shows in Phoenix, November ’96 w/D-Gen) and not that she didn’t suit Belly, but she looks right at home as one of the ladies of L7….
SG: Gail is an outstanding addition to L7! She claims she was born to be in L7! She really rocks like no other. Gail instantly melded into the group upon her arrival. We are SO fucking pleased

VK: Personally speaking, ‘The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum’ was one of your strongest albums, containing more killer Sparks/Gardner cuts eg ‘Bad Things’, ‘Off The Wagon’, ‘Drama’. Was it annoying the way certain parts of this fickle industry snubbed it, as there were no instant riff-monsters like in the past (‘Pretend We’re Dead’, ‘Andres’) ?
SG: We too think it’s one of our stronger albums. I really don’t think the album was just ‘snubbed by the fickle industry’…I think that we experienced many obstacles in regards to that album. I don’t mean to point any fingers, but let’s just say, “We did our job”. I also think there were plenty of catchy riffy tunes…go figure.

VK: Is Krist Novoselic’s rockumentary on the band near completion ? Was any Australian footage included ?
SG: No sorry, no Aussie footage unfortunately (L7’s Australian fans are rabid and they deserve their 15 minutes too). Krist has shot and directed a wonderful film. He has completed it and is now working out the distribution details. The footage is from shows in the US; it’s very artfully shot. We’re excited about the film, I’m sure our fans will be too, as there is very little video or film available on us. If you’re interested you can check out our website for the latest details, it should be available in a couple of months.

VK: L7’s take of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘This Ain’t the Summer of Love’ off the ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ soundtrack fucking rocks !! I never knew Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom were an influence ?!
SG: We enjoyed doing that. It was fun putting an L7 twist on that song, but we didn’t hand pick the song, it was music folks from the film. I am probably the only ‘real hard core’ BOC fan in L7, they’re a great band….‘Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll’ one of my favourites. Glad you liked the track.

VK: What is currently happening with Rock For Choice ?
SG: Rock for Choice is still a functioning arm of the Feminist Majority Foundation. It continues to raise money and awareness for a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion.

VK: Any plans to work with Joan Jett again ? I’ve always thought that L7 could belt out a stinging version of a Runaways tune, (other than ‘Cherry Bomb’) – something say off ‘Waitin’ For The Night’ – ie ‘Wasted’ or ‘You’re Too Possessive’ !!
SG: Joan rocks. No, there’s nothing currently in the works. I like her latest hair-do.

VK: I’ve always wanted to know if that 1994 radio interview from Fresno (on the ‘Andres’ single) was for real ? Hearing some of those ignorant zombies who phoned in was both funny and frightening at the same time !
SG: I know, what a bunch of ignoramuses.

VK: The sampling of Yoko Ono on ‘Wargasm’ has always intrigued me. Some of her work is indeed hard listening, but her distinct scream works so well on that song. Is she an influence ? Incidentally I’m confident John Winston would’ve dug the mighty L7 !
SG: Yes, Yoko is very influential.

VK: You’ve toured downunder in ’92, ’95 and earlier this year with The Tea Party ? Any highlights/fond memories ? Have you have a chance to break from touring and see some of our amazing country ?
SG: Touring Australia is always fun for L7. I’ve gotten to do a little sight seeing, but not as much as I would like to have. I’ve visited a couple of animal parks. Once I looked right inside a Kangaroo’s pouch, it was really tame and it let me stick my entire head in there almost. We love to hang out with our friends the Cosmic Psychos. There are many more things in your fair country that I’d love to see. Take me, will ya?

VK: Can Australia expect a fourth visit from L7 in the future or is that just wishful thinking on my part ?
SG: By all means. I personally cannot wait to come back down.

VK: What was the first concert you attended ?
SG: One of my earliest concerts was Alice Cooper

VK: Name your five ‘desert island discs’ ?
SG: If I were stranded on a desert island I would only require one CD. I would not be listening to this per se; I’d be using it to ensure my rescue from said island. I would point it at the sun and flash Morse code at oncoming ships and aircraft.

VK: A message for the Vicious Kitten readers/L7 fans out there…..
SG: Be True To Yourself! And if you need a little dose of L7 before we make it back to Australia go visit our website!

(Archive Source: Vicious Kitten Fanzine Issue 9: Nov 1998)

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Rockbrat Chat: The L7 Interview

Posted: November 22, 2010 by rockbrat in Rockbrat Chat:
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 Here is another re-print of an old interview we did some years back – this one with the great L7. What a phenomenal rock outfit they were. Am luck to have seen them live many times and to have interviewed guitarist Suzi  – as detailed below. Remember that this interview was done in 1998 and not 2010.  Whilst the God-like Runaways get tons of praise (deservedly) for being one of the finest all-girl outfits – during their heyday – no other rock band (all-girl or otherwise) possessed the same amount of ear-damaging power quite like L7 – and they could’ve quite easily blown every other band off the stage at will.  Great memories friends…  

 They’ve toured downunder three times, leaving a trail of debris in their wake – now, the god-like L7 have just released their first ever live album !! Vicious Kitten chased down guitarist Suzi Gardner recently to get the latest from the L7HQ (interview conducted November, 1998)

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Rockbrat: Let’s start with the new live album ‘L7 Live – Omaha to Osaka’. Where was it recorded at ? 
Suzi Gardner: As the title states, it was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska and Osaka, Japan. However the Overture/Medley performed by the John Marshall High School Marching Band was recorded in Los Angeles

RB: Do you think it captures the energy and mayhem of L7 live and are you satisfied with the finished result ?
SG: Yeah, these recordings capture all… warts and all. These aren’t slick, spruced up recordings with a lot of ‘studio magic’, they are raw and honest. You even get loads of in between song banter, our usually crass commentary. Don’t play this in earshot of your Mom. Really, all you need is a dark room, headphones and a cigarette lighter for the encore!  And it comes complete with Frank Kozik’s kick ass artwork

RB: What’s in the immediate pipeline for L7 ? A new studio album early next year ?
SG: Well we had hoped to have a new album out early in the year, but we are in between labels. I imagine we WILL have a full-length album out sometime in 1999. So in the mean time we taking this opportunity to do a few fun things that we’ve always wanted to do. One of those things is releasing a live album. Bootlegging ourselves, as it were. We’ve also been writing and recording new material. We’re planning to release a single on the net as well.

RB: Gail’s been in for a couple of years now (I think we may’ve seen one of her earliest shows in Phoenix, November ’96 w/D-Gen) and not that she didn’t suit Belly, but she looks right at home as one of the ladies of L7….
SG: Gail is an outstanding addition to L7! She claims she was born to be in L7! She really rocks like no other. Gail instantly melded into the group upon her arrival. We are SO fucking pleased

RB: Personally speaking, ‘The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum’ was one of your strongest albums, containing more killer Sparks/Gardner cuts eg ‘Bad Things’, ‘Off The Wagon’, ‘Drama’. Was it annoying the way certain parts of this fickle industry snubbed it, as there were no instant riff-monsters like in the past (‘Pretend We’re Dead’, ‘Andres’) ?
SG: We too think it’s one of our stronger albums. I really don’t think the album was just ‘snubbed by the fickle industry’…I think that we experienced many obstacles in regards to that album. I don’t mean to point any fingers, but let’s just say, “We did our job”. I also think there were plenty of catchy riffy tunes…go figure.

RB: Is Krist Novoselic’s rockumentary on the band near completion ? Was any Australian footage included ?
SG: No sorry, no Aussie footage unfortunately (L7’s Australian fans are rabid and they deserve their 15 minutes too). Krist has shot and directed a wonderful film. He has completed it and is now working out the distribution details. The footage is from shows in the US; it’s very artfully shot. We’re excited about the film, I’m sure our fans will be too, as there is very little video or film available on us. If you’re interested you can check out our website for the latest details, it should be available in a couple of months. 

RB: L7’s take of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘This Ain’t the Summer of Love’ off the ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ soundtrack fucking rocks !! I never knew Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom were an influence ?!
SG: We enjoyed doing that. It was fun putting an L7 twist on that song, but we didn’t hand pick the song, it was music folks from the film. I am probably the only ‘real hard core’ BOC fan in L7, they’re a great band….‘Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll’ one of my favourites. Glad you liked the track.

RB: What is currently happening with Rock For Choice ?
SG: Rock for Choice is still a functioning arm of the Feminist Majority Foundation. It continues to raise money and awareness for a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion. For more info: http://www.feminist.org/rock4c/1_rock4c.html

RB: Any plans to work with Joan Jett again ? I’ve always thought that L7 could belt out a stinging version of a Runaways tune, (other than ‘Cherry Bomb’) – something say off ‘Waitin’ For The Night’ – ie ‘Wasted’ or ‘You’re Too Possessive’ !!
SG: Joan rocks. No, there’s nothing currently in the works. I like her latest hair-do.

RB: I’ve always wanted to know if that 1994 radio interview from Fresno (on the ‘Andres’ single) was for real ? Hearing some of those ignorant zombies who phoned in was both funny and frightening at the same time !
SG: I know, what a bunch of ignoramuses.

RB: The sampling of Yoko Ono on ‘Wargasm’ has always intrigued me. Some of her work is indeed hard listening, but her distinct scream works so well on that song. Is she an influence ? Incidentally I’m confident John Winston would’ve dug the mighty L7 !
SG: Yes, Yoko is very influential.

RB: You’ve toured downunder in ’92, ’95 and earlier this year with The Tea Party ? Any highlights/fond memories ? Have you have a chance to break from touring and see some of our amazing country ?
SG: Touring Australia is always fun for L7. I’ve gotten to do a little sight seeing, but not as much as I would like to have. I’ve visited a couple of animal parks. Once I looked right inside a Kangaroo’s pouch, it was really tame and it let me stick my entire head in there almost. We love to hang out with our friends the Cosmic Psychos. There are many more things in your fair country that I’d love to see. Take me, will ya?

RB: Can Australia expect a fourth visit from L7 in the future or is that just wishful thinking on my part ?
SG: By all means. I personally cannot wait to come back down.

RB: What was the first concert you attended ?
SG: One of my earliest concerts was Alice Cooper

RB: Name your five ‘desert island discs’ ?
SG: If I were stranded on a desert island I would only require one CD. I would not be listening to this per se; I’d be using it to ensure my rescue from said island. I would point it at the sun and flash Morse code at oncoming ships and aircraft.

RB: A message for the Vicious Kitten readers/L7 fans out there…..
SG: Be True To Yourself! And if you need a little dose of L7 before we make it back to Australia go visit our website!

Who: L7
When: Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, April 22,1995 

If you ever read a positive comment about a band with all female personnel, in the mainstream media at least, it will invariably be at the expense of another all girl (or predominantly female) band. Whether it’s the lazy cliché designed to fill a few more lines of copy, or a sign that in the eyes of Joe Nobody, Rock Critic, women playing guitars and drums to the sound of their own songs and voices can still be no more than a novel curio, I don’t know. “Girlschool vs Runaways”, “Bangles rule, Go Go’s suck”, “Belly is better than Throwing Muses”….you know what I mean. Some of the more nauseating examples – “Red Aunts rock the shit out of any other girl band on the planet” (I’m sure this genius knows his Bratmobile, 7 Year Bitch, Cat Food, Gravelrash et al – not) and, brilliant Melbourne outfit Sourpuss dubbed “embarrassingly Hole-like”. But the real doozy was the effort of one semi-retarded street press columnist who declared “Nitocris will WIPE the stage with L7” when referring to the Alternative Nation line up. I guess it never occured to this imbocile that Nitocris would more likely WIPE the stage with lame, syphilitic winers like Faith No More or Nine Inch Nails, rather than the god-like L7. (Note: This was the same right-on dude who bought us the ‘scoop’ (his word) that Jennifer Finch had quit L7 to join Hole). Anyway chump, nobody but nobody wipes any floor with L7. They call the shots. The debacle that was Alternative Nation had but one positive. It meant that Donita, Suzi, Jen and dee would add a Selina’s date to their festival itinerary. 
And so, to the strains of a Ren and Stimpy theme, sporting matching, luminous devil horns, L7 grace the Coogee beer hall they so convincingly blew the nuts off some three years (too long) earlier. They warm to their task immediately, hurling forth ‘Everglade’, ‘Questioning My Sanity’ and a stinging ‘Deathwish’, which shows they aren’t completely neglecting their pre ‘Bricks’ material. The punk metal carol ‘Shitlist’ really gets the punters stirring before they launch into a bracket of numbers from ‘Hungry For Stink’. ‘Can I Run’, dedicated to “all the sisters in the house” and ‘Riding With A Movie Star’ (renamed tonight after the guitar technician, who also adds bonus jive factor on bongo’s) are my picks of the bunch. Obligatory versions of ‘Shove’ and ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ follow, before they finish the set with ‘Fast and Frightening’ from the classic and always state of the art ‘Smell The Magic’. The kids want more so out comes the Wheel Of Encore, a typically L7 take on the time honoured gig ritual. They rip through ‘Andres’, as pleasurably punishing live as on disc, and leave the mob well beaten and satisfied. Tribal elders of Riot Grrrl, or simply the most rocking institution on legs, they’re L7 – artistes le splendid.

BIRTHA
CAN’T STOP THE MADNESS 
(Dunhill) 

Before L7 there was The Runaways. But long before Jett, Ford, Currie and co. had plugged into their Marshall’s, there was Birtha, a loud, heavy quartet from Los Angeles. (Before Birtha there was the New York-based Goldie and the Gingerbreads but that’s another story). Birtha always seem to get grouped with bands like Fanny and Isis, who in my opinion were a lot softer than these gals. You gotta remember that way back in the early 70’s, all-girl outfits who played and wrote their own material were very rare in the then male-dominated industry (then ? what year is it ?) so that even Birtha’s promo material put out by their record company, would promote them on a male value system, stating things like “has balls” !! Hmmn. We can thank early all-girl outfits like Birtha, for paving the way for lots of all-girl bands in the years following their demise, and also for the current crop of all-girl groups on the scene today. Released in 1973 this album was recorded at Crystal Studios in Hollywood, and was produced by Christopher Huston. ‘Freedom’ is the first cut and is a bright, melodic chunk of pop. ‘My Man Told Me’ is etched with a raunchiness not unlike early 70’s Stones and sounds great on ten. ‘Don’t Let It Get You Down’ is awash with a dreamy keyboard sound Ray Manzarek would be proud of. ‘Rock Me’ is a gritty, bluesy little offering full of dirty sounding guitar. Birtha were Shele Pinizzotto (guitars) Liver Favela (percussion) Sherry Hagler (keyboards) and Rosemary Butler (bass). Each member sings lead on one or more than one track on this album. Favela and Butler possess vocals that’d have the likes of Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette taking cover. Other highlights are the groove filled ‘All This Love’, ‘My Pants Are Too Short’ and the haunting ‘(When Will Ya) Understand’. If you’ve been searching for an album spiced with raunchy melodies, strong vocals and honey coated harmonies – look no further…you’ve finally found it.