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L7 - Scatter The Rats Vinyl LP - direct audio

L7 - Scatter The Rats Vinyl LP

Blackheart Records

  • $ 1698

L7 Scatter The Rats Vinyl LP

The first L7 album in 20 years, Scatter the Rats embodies everything that made the band so iconic in the first place – the distortion-heavy riffs and headbanging rhythms, sludgy grooves and indelible melodies. And in their lyrics, L7 achieve a direct transmission of raw feeling, often spiked with biting commentary on the chaos of the world today. Working with producers Norm Block (Jenny Lee, Paper Cranes, Plexi) and Nick Launay (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), L7 recorded Scatter the Rats at Happy Ending Studios, and Sunset Sound in L.A., instilling each track with a kinetic vitality.

Lead single "Burn Baby" opens the album with a galvanizing reflection on letting go of old grudges for the sake of fighting a greater evil, while "Fighting the Crave" offers a slice of life on the inner push and pull of whatever one might crave. Throughout the album, L7 also examine depression (Donita Sparks' "Holding Pattern," which matches its delicate melody with a disarming vulnerability), lonely hearts (Suzi Gardner's gloriously swampy "Murky Water Café") and codependency (the unhinged "Garbage Truck," written by Jennifer Finch).

And on "Uppin' the Ice," the band delivers a dance-worthy track inspired by a bit of advice Demetra Plakas got from her doctor upon breaking her arm before the band headed into the studio. "I took the idea of upping the ice as a metaphor for throwing down and doing what you have to do to make something happen, naysayers be damned, because that's who we are as a band," says Sparks.

Closing out Scatter the Rats, the album's title track came to life in a moment of pure spontaneity. "There were a couple of rats in the basement of the studio, where all the amplifiers were, and at one point Norm said to us, ‘Let's get rockin', we can scatter the rats,'" Sparks recalls. "I threw it out as a song title/concept with each one of us writing and singing a different verse while the others were sequestered outside so that none of us knew what the others were doing."

As a result, "Scatter the Rats" unfolds with a scrappy complexity, its lyrics encompassing everything from Gardner's Black Plague allusions to Finch's meditation on "how finding a voice can scatter the rats of dubious personalities." "That song's scary and it cracks me up at the same time, which is a classic thing about L7," Plakas notes.

L7 Scatter The Rats Track Listing:

1. Burn Baby
2. Fighting the Crave
3. Proto Prototype
4. Stadium West
5. Murky Water Cafe
6. Ouija Board Lies
7. Garbage Truck
8. Holding Pattern
9. Uppin' the Ice
10.Cool About Easy
11. Scatter the Rats

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