THE SMART STUDIOS STORY & THE MADISON PREMIERE OF L7: PRETEND WE’RE DEAD
January 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Tickets: $10.00 Advance/$12.00 Day Of Show
Coney Island Studios Presents
AN INDIE-DOC DOUBLE FEATURE
THE SMART STUDIOS STORY
& THE MADISON PREMIERE OF L7: PRETEND WE’RE DEAD
Plus Short Films During the Intermission
This event celebrates the release of American Noise Volume 2, the second, limited run, vinyl compilation soundtrack to TSSS, the documentary about the history of Butch Vig and Steve Marker’s legendary Smart Studios.
Tickets: $10.00 Advance/$12.00 Day Of Show
January 26th SCREENING at The Barrymore
A historic double feature at the historic Barrymore Theatre on January 26, 2019. The Smart Studios Story returns to the big screen! Making this an extra special event is the MADISON PREMIERE of the critically acclaimed documentary, L7: Pretend We’re Dead.
It was a dilapidated building on the edge of town that many mistook for a crack house.
Yet this little indie studio in Madison, Wisconsin became not only the hub of the Midwest music scene, but a driving force of alternative rock worldwide. The sounds that sprang out of Smart Studios, established in 1982 by Butch Vig and Steve Marker, still influence music to this day.
The story in this feature-length documentary is told through never-before-seen archival footage and by the legendary artists who recorded there and interviews with Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Donita Sparks (L7), Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) and many more.
If you’ve ever been touched by the music of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, L7, Death Cab For Cutie (among many, many others), you’ve been touched by the music created at Smart Studios, the legendary recording facility founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker. Drawing on in-depth-interviews with musicians and producers, never-before-seen archival footage and a powerful soundtrack, The Smart Studios Story tells the story of the pivotal Midwest link to the global rise of Alternative Rock in the 1990’s and the unassuming Madison, Wisconsin recording studio at its center. The post-70’s explosion of independent music in America has many traceable roots, each with a compelling story. This is one of the most significant stories that has never been told until now.
L7’s signature sound of a heavy, catchy, mixture of punk, metal, noise and pop helped usher in the era of Grunge. Since their recording career began in 1987, the band has released six studio albums, three live albums, one covers LP, and one greatest hits to date on labels including Epitaph, Sup Pop, Slash, and Warner Brothers.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1985 by Donita Sparks: guitar and vocals, and Suzi Gardner: guitar and vocals, the band features Dee Plakas on drums, and at various times Jennifer Finch, Gail Greenwood, and Janis Tanaka on bass.
While particularly known for their unforgettably raucous live performances, the band also spawned underground and mainstream hits including Shove, Pretend We’re Dead, Shitlist, Andres, Fuel My Fire and more. Their music can be heard in television (ER), video games (Grand Theft Auto, Rock Band 2) and popular films including The Perks Of being a Wallflower, Natural Born Killers and John Water’s classic Serial Mom, in which they also star as fictitious band Camel Lips.
In 1991, the band founded Rock for Choice, a pro-choice organization with the Feminist Majority Foundation producing nationwide benefit concerts featuring the biggest musical acts of the day from Joan Jett to Nirvana.
In 2001 the band went on an “indefinite hiatus”. After 15 years and at the urging of their fans via social media platforms, L7 reunited in 2015 and performed sold out shows around the globe to rave reviews and accolades from a new generation of music fans.
Their triumphant return continues with two new singles Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago and I Came Back to Bitch, released on Don Giovani Records. The latter, released in February of 2018 kicks off a US Tour in April in addition to tours of South America, Mexico, and Europe this summer.
A documentary on the band L7: Pretend We’re Dead was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and demonstrates L7’s contribution and legacy in the pantheon of rock.