L7 - Scatter The Rats [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.

* Producer Norm Block (Jenny Lee, Paper Cranes, Plexi)

* Producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

''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 (Sparks's ''Holding Pattern,'' which matches its delicate melody with a disarming vulnerability), lonely hearts (Suzi Gardner's gloriously swampy ''Murky Water Caf?'') 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.

Format: single LP, standard weight black vinyl
single-pocket jacket

Tracklisting
Side A
1. Burn Baby 2:31
2. Fighting the Crave 3:22
3. Proto Prototype 3:13
4. Stadium West 3:43
5. Murky Water Caf? 4:00

Side B
1. Ouija Board Lies 2:59
2. Garbage Truck 2:27
3. Holding Pattern 3:06
4. Uppin' The Ice 3:33
5. Cool About Easy 3:23
6. Scatter The Rats 4:27 DON'T JUST LISTEN TO MUSIC EXPERIENCE IT.

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