L7 release new single ft. Joan Jett
L7 have released a new two-song single. The A-side is a cover of Joan Jett's "Fake Friends" featuring Joan herself, and the B-side is "Witchy Burn," a slowed-down re-work of "Burn Baby" from L7's 2019 reunion album Scatter the Rats. Via press release:
The “Fake Friends” single package was originally planned for release surrounding L7’s New Zealand/Australian tour this May, which was cancelled due to Covid-19. “When the tour got cancelled due to this horrible virus, we decided to release the tracks as a way to keep our fans’ spirits up a bit, as well as our own,” shares Sparks. “New material gets everyone excited and happy and maybe gets them dancing around their cribs. That’s something positive the band can do for our fans in these uncertain times. When rock n’ roll duty calls, L7 answers.”
L7 were welcomed into the Blackheart Records family for their latest album, solidifying an already longstanding bond. “To have Joan’s vocals on this track along with mine is super surreal and cool,” says Sparks. “Our band has experienced many fake friends, especially when you’re down. Some of these people you thought were your friends are nowhere to be found. Your phone calls aren’t returned, etc. It’s painful and it sucks. Then you find out who your true friends are.”
Meanwhile, L7's Donita Sparks has been doing a variety show every Friday at 6 PM ET and so far guests have included Lydia Lunch, Frank Turner, Matt Field, Teri Gender Bender, and more. This Friday's (4/24) guest is Starcrawler’s Arrow de Wilde. Stay tuned for that and check out the Lydia Lunch episode below.
Also on Friday (4/24), Joan Jett will perform for Rolling Stone's "In My Room" series on Instagram at 3 PM ET.