INTERVIEW: Donita Sparks (L7)
On being re-united with L7...
We’re having much more fun than we thought we would and we’re playing better I think. Really tight. I think back in the day sometimes we would get a little bored and just start doing goofy things on stage. I remember once in Australia we had the wheel of encore which was funny but like it was just kind of an inside joke. Whereas now its complete rock n roll. Its a very joyous, but no bullshit rock n roll performance.. There is no shenanigans going on, it's just a non-stop barrage of music. That is what we are singularly focussed on; just a very tight rock show.
Plans for new music...
After Australia we’re taking a little break. We may consider doing some new songs, but I think the idea of an album is just a little too daunting for us all right now. We haven’t been a band in 20 years so picking it all up at once is maybe a little too much we’re all just a little too focussed on our lives and ourselves right now, but maybe next year a couple of tracks, I don’t know. We’ll see.
How would you categorize your music?
We were punk rockers from the art punk ghettos of Los Angeles. Suzie and I wanted to play hard rock which was very unfashionable in the art punk world in 1985. We had this biker look and were playing hard rock, so we were interesting to the art punks who were doing a lot of new wave, a lot of cal punk and roots rock in the art punk underground. People doing hard rock, who kind of looked like biker chicks were a novelty. We predated grunge, but when we got lumped into the whole grunge genre it was fine; it probably irritated us at the time, but at least it was a scene we enjoyed. We loved Nirvana, we loved the Cosmic Psycho’s, and again I don’t know if you could consider them grunge, but they were on sub-pop records as well. At the end of the day I just consider it all to be good rock n roll.
In being seen as a nostalgia act...
I don’t miss the ‘80s at all. I kind of had a tough time in the ‘80s. And the ‘90s, the ‘90s were sort of fun for me, personally, because I was travelling a lot and meeting a lot of interesting people and connecting with a lot of like-minded people. In the ‘80s I felt a little more isolated in Los Angeles and didn’t really connect with people. With the ‘90s, just travelling around the country, I’d meet these other sort of misfits and the tribe got bigger for me. So no, I don’t miss the ‘90s. I missed going on stage, and I missed coming off stage. I remember I was at Coachella one time and I was watching some band from backstage. I saw them come off the ramp and they were drenched in sweat and they looked exhausted. I was like, “I miss that.” It was giving it all you got and then you’re a wreck coming off stage, but then you’re really high at the same time. It’s a fantastic feeling, but it hurts when it’s not you. When it’s so much a part of your identity for many, many years and then you don’t have that, it’s just a weird thing. You’re watching that as a voyeur, not as a participant.
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Thursday 6th October PERTH Capitol
Friday 7th October ADELAIDE The Gov
Wednesday 12th October MELBOURNE 170 Russell
Friday 14th October BRISBANE Eatons Hill Hotel
Saturday 15th October SYDNEY Metro Theatre
Tuesday 11th October MELBOURNE 170 Russell (SOLD OUT)