Venue:- The Kentish Town Forum, Camden, London, UK.
Date:- 13th September 2016
”I had been looking forward to this gig for weeks!! When I arrived the venue was not even full yet so I found it easy to get down to the front so I could get into the photographers pit!! About 1o minutes after I entered the pit the first band came on, they were the Treason Kings from Leeds! I’d never heard of them before so I was curious as to what I would hear!! The first track was a rocking grunge like affair which I liked, it went down well with the crowd too!! All in all they sounded grunge like and in places Nirvana comparisons were quite apparent, in my opinion!! But I was not here to see them, this was L7 night!! I mean I had not seen them before and finally after 26 years I was, nothing else was in my line of sight really apart from them!!
The band kept the crowd waiting for a while, movement in the dark stage left and right got the crowd a whooping and cheering in anticipation, a few false alarms and then they were out, straight into ”Deathwish” followed by ”Andres”. The set was peppered with tracks from albums ”L7” , ”Smell The Magic”, ”Bricks Are Heavy” and ”Hungry For Stink”. I didn’t notice anything from ”Slap Happy” though!! The heady mixture of punk/grunge/rock with anthemic hooks and hypnotic beats infused with a liberal sprinkling of ”Fuck You!!” had me time travelling back to the early 90’s and to squat parties and loads of booze and hash, If i could get it or the jumping about in my room on the bed extricating the frustrated rage and energy out of my system until I passed out in a heap covered in matted hair extensions and caked in sweaty makeup! My energy levels are no longer at that level but I still have plenty of ”Fuck You’s!!” left in the tank!! Donita Sparks and Jennifer Finch still had some gas left in the tank though, the playing was tight and as strong as one would expect, there was even enough energy for some rolling around on the floor after track three which I captured on my camera but not very well!!Once I had taken my photos I left the pit and went up onto the balcony where I could see the how busy the venue was!! Standing was packed and the front part of the balcony was too, so I could sit in the VIP seats and drum the beats on the barriers! One hour and 30 plus minutes of Brilliance!!”
”In the words of a fan on facebook:- ”100% Badass!!” ”