Coming Distractions: The trailer for L7: Pretend We’re Dead brings the punk rock

Even among the grunge-punk bands of the late ’80s/early ’90s, there was something foot-stompingly primal about L7. The band’s music was fuzzed-out, four-on-the-floor rock that didn’t earn the sobriquet “heavy” so much as prove why the term should be applied to music in the first place. People didn’t go to L7 shows for Rush-style technical wizardry; fans were there for the raw three-chord churn of distorted mayhem. And, as the trailer for a new documentary, L7: Pretend We’re Dead, reminds us, it kicked ass.

After reuniting in 2014 following a nearly 15-year hiatus, director Sarah Price (The Yes Men) has put together a portrayal of the avowedly feminist group, culling more than 100 hours of archival footage and pairing it with new interviews to create a document of one of the grunge era’s most iconic bands. From the early days in California to single-handedly …

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