Reunited grunge vets L7 recently released their first album in 20 years, Scatter The Rats (on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records), and their tour supporting it hit Brooklyn for two shows at Elsewhere this past weekend, right before playing the NJ edition of The Bash. We caught the Friday (5/31) show.

Despite having the new album, L7 made the show about the longtime fans and went right into a string of old classics, not touching a song from the new album till seven songs in. They were also really engaging with the crowd -- Suzi, Donita, and Jennifer all kept going over the edge of the stage and hamming it up with their guitars; you could really tell they were having a genuinely awesome time being up on stage and Donita said at one point "we're getting up close and personal" since there is no barrier at Elsewhere.

At one point in the set Suzi made a mistake and accidentally sang the same verse twice during "Must Have More," saying afterwards "that was the 'sing the same verse twice' version -- sometimes you get a rarity." Donita then quipped in with her trademark sarcastic snark: "We don't make mistakes, we make rarities. Committed to uniqueness since 1985!" They also acknowledged the Bikini Kill show taking place at the nearby Brooklyn Steel the same night, thanking the crowd for coming to the L7 show instead because "there's a lot of bang for your buck around tonight." But then Donita encouraged people to go to the Bikini Kill show at Terminal 5 the next night in a show of support and solidarity.

Openers Le Butcherettes were also on fire, and they set the stage for what was a seriously ferocious night. Their drummer Alejandra Robles Luna is a show in and of herself and does not hold back for an instant that they are on stage.

Pictures of Friday's show are in the gallery above and a couple videos are below.

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words & photos by Kate Hoos