Release Date: May 3, 2019
Record label: Blackheart
Twenty years after the band closed their breakthrough era with an indefinite hiatus, Los Angeles grunge-punk pioneers L7 staged a comeback with their seventh album, Scatter the Rats. Issued on longtime friend Joan Jett's Blackheart Records, Rats is a nostalgic return to the '90s, cramming crunchy guitars and lurching rhythms into an updated stew of nasty punkabilly bounce, heavy metal muscle, and no-frills rock & roll. Understandably, the ferocity and mayhem of their peak years has since been smoothed out and their approach is somewhat matured, especially with cleaner vocals that reveal co-founder Donita Sparks' relatively polished singing voice.
Donita Sparks, the fearless vocalist and guitarist for the Los Angeles grunge four-piece L7, likes to trot out a pet sound bite during interviews. "We're a meat-and-potatoes rock band with a conscience and some humor," she told The Current last year. "We just want to [be] meat-and-potatoes L7," she said in 2015, around the time the band embarked on a reunion tour.