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Watch the first trailer for the L7 documentary

Featuring Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Joan Jett, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and more with archive footage of the grrrl punk heroes

Spitting lyrics, a feminist cause and bloody tampons: legendary grunge grrrl set L7 will see their story told in a new documentary, finally hitting screens after years in the works.

L7: Pretend We’re Dead – taking its name from the band’s seminal 1992 track from Bricks Are Heavy ­– is set for release later in the autumn, according to Rolling Stone

The documentary has been in production over the course of a few years, with a successfully funded Kickstarter and teasers about its drop since 2013. Finally, filmmaker Sarah Price’s exploration of the “fierce, feminist pioneers of American grunk punk” is almost here.

Unpacking the “triumphs and failures”, as well as the “political bite and humour” of the alternative band that soundtracked the 90s underground, the documentary makes use of over 100 hours of archive footage, as well as new interviews about the band’s rise, influence and enduring legacy since their explosive birth in the 80s to their breakup in 2001. 

Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Joan Jett, Bratmobile’s Allison Wolfe, 7 Year Bitch, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Louise Post of Veruca Salt and more all lend their thoughts on L7 for the film too.

"(L7) were openly, brazenly feminist, and I really responded to that," Shirley Manson reflects in the clip.

“They had the riffs, they had the songs," says Krist Novoselic. “They just rocked.”

Since a huge wave of interest from fans when the Kickstarter for the film popped up, L7 reunited in 2014 and have been doing the rounds touring.