After twenty long years, the reunited/reinvigorated L7 have finally released a new album, titled “Scatter the Rats” (inspired by a motivational comment their producer made in reference to the rodents in the recording studio’s basement!). Videos for two of the tracks (“Burn Baby” and “Stadium West“) had previously been posted on YouTube, so they’ve already wormed their way into my brain, but it will probably take a couple more listens before I properly absorb the others.
Sadly, I’m incapable of describing music, beyond stating whether it “rocks” or “doesn’t rock”… in this case, it most definitely does, and I feel like I should be saying something about all the exciting aural textures… instead I’ll just cheat and crib from a two-month old Blabbermouth piece: “[This album] embodies everything that made the band so iconic in the first place – the distortion-heavy riffs and head-banging rhythms, sludgy grooves and indelible melodies. Incendiary, cathartic, and downright fun it touches on issues of co-dependency, lonely hearts, internal conflict and setting aside old grievances for the greater good. Harnessing their revolutionary spirit and boundless energy, L7 achieve a direct transmission of raw feeling, often spiked with biting commentary on the chaos of the world today.” I concur.
I’m kinda disappointed that the earlier singles “Dispatch from Mar-a-Largo” and “I Came Back to Bitch” weren’t included, as I’d like to have a physical copy of them too, but I guess I shouldn’t look a gift-horse in the mouth, right? I should just be glad that my fave band is finally back together again, and making more great music for to shake my ears and shiver my spine. Hallelujah!