Legendary pioneers of American grunge punk, L7 throw down menacing swagger against the powerful and greedy in their new single “I Came Back To Bitch” unleashed with a video directed by BHC's Joel Fernando today on Don Giovanni Records. Debuted with Rolling Stone today, this track follows their first single in 18 years “Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago” – a sardonic yet joyous middle finger of a track. The band is bringing their explosive live show back on the road this spring, announcing dates in Boston, Philadelphia + more today with additional cities to be announced soon!
L7 is Donita Sparks (Vocals, Guitar), Suzi Gardner (Lead Guitar), Jennifer Finch (Bass) and Dee Plakas (Drums). The formidable four-some’s original line-up came together for their new singles in the studio with producer Billy Bush at EastWest Studios in Hollywood.
L7 Tour Dates
4/11: Boston, MA @ Paradise
4/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
4/15: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
4/18: Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
4/19: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Out March 23rd, Blueprint is the second full-length solo record by Alice Bag. Based in Los Angeles, Bag is a punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist.
She was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags -- who were among the first wave of punk bands to emerge from that city during in the mid-1970's -- and also performed in Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. In 2016, she released her self-titled debut solo album on Don Giovanni Records.
Today, you can hear Blueprint's opening track, "Turn it Up," on Stereogum. which includes group backing vocals by Kathleen Hannah, Allison Wolfe, Martin Sorrondeguy, Rudy Garcia, Genevieve Atkerson, Lysa Flores, Vivi Flores, Chelsea Velasquez.
Recorded at Echo Park's Station House Studios, Blueprint collects 11 songs that Bag wrote and arranged over the last year. They are performed by members of her current backing band, as well as long-time collaborators like Rikki Watson (The Two Tens) Joe Berardi (Deadbeats), Eva Gardner (Pink, Mars Volta, Cher), Kristian Hoffman (The Mumps) and Danny McGough (Social Distortion).
The album also features an all-star roster of guest vocalists, including Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Sex Stains), Francisca Valenzuela, Teri Gender Bender, and Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos, Limp Wrist).
You can hear them on the record, but also feel their presence in Bag’s vocals. For example, listening to Wolfe and Hanna's vocal takes for the song “77” inspired the singer take another, more savage crack at her own performance. “For me it’s really good to surround myself with singers that I admire,” she explains. “It forces me to step up my game and not just sing the song like I’m singing in my living room.”
The title "Blueprint" is a nod to the process of construction -- of a home, a life, the world -- and the problems that pop up mid-build. “I was having work done on my house and I was thinking about all the things that come up when you’re looking at a blueprint,” says Bag. “Maybe they say, ‘We can’t do that because your plumbing is rotting.’ Things come up as you’re building a structure and force you in different directions, but you still have to make sure that it turns out the way you envisioned - you have to allow for setbacks and obstacles.”
The songs often find their inspiration in real-life moments that caused Bag to take stock and assess her own blueprint-- to take a stand or fix a problem: personal, political, or both. “We're all constantly building structures of many different kinds,” explains Bag. “So, it's up to to us keep things on track and moving in the direction we want to see them go. Otherwise, we end up with an idiot in charge."
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We are pleased to announce that on February 2nd, Don Giovanni will release the self-titled debut record by Washington, D.C. / Carrboro, NC super-ghouls, Bat Fangs.
Formed in 2016 by guitarist/singer Betsy Wright (Ex Hex) and drummer Laura King (Flesh Wounds, Speed Stick), the duo specialize in prescription-strength shred and churn -- acid-soaked hard-rock to thrill the living and raise dead. Recorded earlier this year, Bat Fangs’ debut includes nine tracks engineered by Mike Montgomery at Candyland Studio in Dayton, Kentucky and mixed by Matt Boynton (Gang Gang Dance, Kurt Vile). Rooted in the pop-metal of time beyond memory, the tunes are spiritually corrupted, but boldly anthemic. Thunder and feedback meant to demolish the airwaves and unfold the collective cranium.
Following the record release, they'll be hitting the road with Superchunk and then heading back out for dates with Snail Mail and Shame on the way down to SXSW. Let Bat Fangs sink in!
It will be made available in various formats including Digital, CD, Double-LP vinyl with a Limited Edition 7” and a Deluxe Limited Edition LPx3 with the 7” and an exclusive bonus LP of album demos. The band collaborated with producer Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon), setting out to make an album in the spirit of a salon-style gallery show, where larger pieces provide an eye-level focal point to a galaxy of smaller works. Concision took a back seat to experimentation, with arrangements meant to evoke the energy and spontaneity of their live performances.
Now more than a decade into its existence, Screaming Females can claim something that few of their peers possess in a comparable capacity: experience. “When you’ve been a band for 12 or 13 years, the resources can dry up and you just go back to what feels comfortable,” explains Dougherty. “The other option is that you develop stuff that a younger band would not have been able to do.” All At Once is the evidence of that growth -- in its sprawl and scope, but also in its subtleties. “A song like ‘Glass House’ is something we knew we were capable of, but it took a while to fully embrace,” says Paternoster. “It’s very simple -- just bass, drums, and two simple riffs. In the past, I might have insisted on adding more. Practicing self-restraint is something I have consciously been trying to do.”
- All Screaming Females titles in store are 15% off during the pre-order period.