L7 have released a brand new single ‘Cooler Than Mars’ alongside an official video ahead of their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. Backseat Mafia got to speak with Donita Sparks about the tour and other stuff.
The track, available both digitally and as a limited edition 1000-run flexi disc, features the legendary rockers’ singular brand of socio-political commentary and humour. It tackles the seemingly never-ending disastrous weather events throughout the world and calls for leadership, focus and action.
L7 (Donita Sparks (guitar/vox), Suzi Gardner (guitar/vox), Jennifer Finch (bass) and Demetra Plakas (drums) ) are known not just for their raw, punk-infused sound, but also for their unapologetically feminist and political activism. They’ve always been vocal advocates for women’s rights, especially in the male-dominated rock music scene. Throughout their career, L7 tackled a variety of socio-political issues head-on, never shying away from controversial subjects or challenging the status quo.
“The song was inspired by the ongoing catastrophic news of climate change, and the strange passions of billionaire space cowboys to explore and exploit the outer limits of our stratosphere. Seems to me such obsessions and resources should be totally focused on healing The Big Blue Marble. I feel like there is nothing “out there” that is as mind-blowing as the biodiversity of what we have here on Earth. Because we’re cooler than Mars, damnit.”Donita Sparks
L7 will perform their landmark album ‘Bricks are Heavy’ in full during their upcoming Australian tour. The album was produced by ‘Nevermind’ producer Butch Vig and catapulted the band into the mainstream with the timeless ‘Pretend We’re Dead’, written by Donita Sparks, which became an anthem for the grunge generation.
Tickets available HERE.