CD REVIEW: L7 – Fast and Frightening
Easy Action Records
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
The first disc of this 2CD pack collects a treasure trove of B-sides, cover versions for tribute albums, and a split 7” release that is sure to delight L7 fans, especially covers from The Germs, Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, Agent Orange, Blondie, Cosmic Psychos and The Runaways performed live with Joan Jett.
More than that, when the feminist icons show their influences, they share a decidedly un-grunge side to their sound. Other influences come from as diverse sources as Waylon Jennings, The Dead Kennedys and ‘60s garage psych punks The Sonics.
Disc 2 takes us back to the days when L7 were ‘almost famous’ – A Triple J Live At The Wireless broadcast from Brisbane in 1992, and a 1990 show from Detroit where the band are as laid back as we’ve ever heard them, chatting and joking with the audience between songs.
The Brisbane show, though, catches them at their coruscating and abrasive best, razor wire guitars and roaring noise, kicking against the pricks as they struggle with the credibility of an underground punk band having hit singles, not to mention internal dischord.
Both live sets are taken from bootleg recordings so don’t expect Def Leppard-like sound quality – but surely that’s the point for L7: They’re raw, rough as guts, fast and at times very, very frightening, and we love them for it.
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