L7 is one of the best and most controversial bands to come out of the ’90s grunge scene. Known for songs like “Pretend We’re Dead,” and for their raucous stage antics—lead singer Donita Sparks once responded to hecklers by removing her bloody tampon and throwing it to the audience as she yelled, “Eat my used tampon, fuckers!”—L7 were outspoken feminists and hardcore punks, inspiring generations of girls from Shirley Manson and Kathleen Hanna to White Lung.
“They were openly, brazenly feminist, and I really responded to that,” says Manson in the trailer for an upcoming documentary about the band.
Set for release this fall, the film will chart the band’s legacy and influence from the ’80s through their initial breakup in 2001. Named Pretend We’re Dead, after L7’s 1992 grunge-pop anthem, the doc will explore the girls’ radical politics and impact on the underground scene as they shot to fame in the early ’90s. Directed by Sarah Price with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Pretend We’re Dead will combine more than 100 hours of archival footage with new interviews from Joan Jett, Shirley Manson and Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic.
Watch the trailer for L7: Pretend We’re Dead, below.