Formed in 1985 in Los Angeles (preceding both the grunge and riot grrrl music scenes that they’re often linked to), punk rockers L7 erupted onto the scene with their eponymous 1988 debut on taste-making SoCal punk label Epitaph. Swiftly gaining notoriety and sharing the stage with other seminal acts on the rise like Nirvana, L7 inked a deal with famed indie label Sub Pop ahead of their sophomore effort, Smell the Magic, before making the major label leap to Slash Records for 1992 third LP Bricks Are Heavy, their commercial and critical breakthrough, and one of the defining albums of ’90s grunge (even if it wasn’t exactly grunge, harboring plenty of alternative and punk rock sensibilities as well).
L7 remained a ’90s mainstay, touring the world and gracing the stage of major festivals and on the road with iconic acts of the time, though by 2001, after three more LPs, had opted to go on an indefinite hiatus and move on to other projects. In 2014, however, L7 sprung back to life, met with renewed interest for their somewhat underrated legacy, and began to tour the globe once more, going on to release their first album in 20 years, Scatter the Rats, in 2019. Though we’ve seen them at festivals like Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball and Chicago’s Riot Fest since the comeback, as far as we can tell, L7 haven’t played Nashville since 1994, a show at now-defunct 328 Performance Hall with The Melvins and Wool. Which makes their return tonight, Oct. 3, at Brooklyn Bowl in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Bricks Are Heavy, all the more essential!
Nashville-based alt/punk artist Vera Bloom– a perfect match for L7- will open the show, and tickets are still available right here! Even with their renewed activity, since it took L7 28 years to make it back to Music City, we wouldn’t sleep on catching these legends, celebrating their most iconic work, this time around!
L7 and Vera Bloom will perform tonight, Oct. 3 at Brooklyn Bowl. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $33.