Song is their first new single with reunited lineup
By David Sands
October 3, 2017
Jennifer Finch, Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner and Demetra Plaka, the women of the raucous Riot Grrrl outfit L7, have released their first new single of the new millennium — and it’s anything but square.
The three-minute long “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago” (LISTEN BELOW) is a hard-rocking punk-metal brew with some serious groove. Lyrically, it purports to be a first-hand account of — what else — a riot at President Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago resort. It’s one of a pair of singles L7 plans to release this fall through Don Giovanni Records, though there’s no official word yet of any album in the works.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Sparks said her group hadn’t originally planned to write a song about the president, but was responding to fans who encouraged them to write something on current events during screenings of their new documentary, Pretend We’re Dead, which debuted earlier this year. Once it was written, the band felt an “urgency” to put the “Dispatch” out quickly, because it was so topical.
“We feared Mar-a-Lago was going to get wiped out by a hurricane, or that there was going to be some kind of impeachment,” Sparks told the publication.
L7’s original lineup of Finch, Sparks, Gardner and Plaka, which broke up in 2001, reunited in 2015.
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