7 Year Bitch

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7 Year Bitch
Seattle - Pain in the Grass - 1995 - 7 Year Bitch 01.jpg
7 Year Bitch playing at Seattle Center (1995)
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Punk rock, grunge
Years active 1990–1997
Labels C/Z
Atlantic
Man's Ruin
Past members Selene Vigil-Wilk
Stefanie Sargent (Deceased)
LeeAnn Rose
Elizabeth Davis
Valerie Agnew
Roisin Dunne
Lisa Faye Beatty (Deceased)

7 Year Bitch was an American punk rock band from Seattle, Washington that was active for 7 years, between 1990 and 1997. Their career yielded three albums, and was impacted by the deaths of their guitarist Stefanie Sargent and close friend Mia Zapata, of fellow Seattle punks The Gits.[1]

Biography[edit]

Career[edit]

7 Year Bitch was formed in 1990 by vocalist Selene Vigil, guitarist Stefanie Sargent, bassist Elizabeth Davis and drummer Valerie Agnew. Vigil, Sargent, and Agnew had been playing together in the Seattle band Barbie's Dream Car when their bassist left for Europe. They subsequently recruited Davis and renamed their band after the movie Seven Year Itch.

At their first concert, the band opened for The Gits, who would prove to have a significant influence on their music. In 1991 the band released the single "Lorna" and signed with C/Z Records. Their first album, Sick 'Em, was released in 1992, but it was overshadowed by Sargent's death on June 27.[2] Sargent passed out on her back after returning home from a party where she had drunk alcohol and taken a small amount of heroin. She died of asphyxiation when she failed to wake up after vomiting.[3] After a prolonged period of uncertainty, the band decided to continue, recruiting guitarist Roisin Dunne as Sargent's replacement later that year.

In July 1993, longtime friend and Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata was brutally raped and murdered while walking home late at night.[4] This event, coupled with Sargent's death the previous year, had a profound effect on the group. As a reaction, the band recorded and released their second album ¡Viva Zapata! (1994) in tribute to both of their fallen friends.[5] Valerie Agnew also became the primary instigator and co-founder of the anti-violence and self-defence organisation Home Alive.[6][7][8] On April 8, 1994, the band played a benefit show for Rock Against Domestic Violence at the Cameo Theatre on Miami Beach, alongside Babes in Toyland and Jack Off Jill.[9]

In 1995 the band signed with Atlantic Records, and in 1996 released their third album, Gato Negro.[10] Following the tour supporting Gato Negro, guitarist Roisin Dunne left, and was replaced by Lisa Faye Beatty, the band's live sound engineer and long-time friend.

Break-up[edit]

In early 1997, the band began recording material for what was to be their fourth album. The band moved from Seattle to California, Elizabeth Davis and Valerie Agnew to San Francisco and Selene Vigil to Los Angeles. With the recent departure of their guitarist, Roisin Dunne and the geographical separation between bandmates, Seven Year Bitch's career came to a close after a final tour with San Francisco's Lost Goat.

Aftermath[edit]

Following the break-up of 7 Year Bitch, bassist Elizabeth Davis joined the San Francisco-based band Clone, with whom she performed until 2003. In 2005 she helped to form the band Von Iva.[11] Vocalist Selene Vigil formed a gothic/psychedelic-influenced band by the name of Cistine, in 2000. She later released the solo album That Was Then in 2010. Roisin Dunne joined the band The Last Goodbye in 2006, and now resides in New York.

Their songs, "The Scratch" and "Icy Blue" were featured in the movie Mad Love with Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • "Lorna" b/w "No Fucking War," "You Smell Lonely" (Rathouse/Face The Music Records), (1991; reissued by C/Z Records in 1992).
  • "Antidisestablishmentarianism EP" (Rugger Bugger Records, 1992)
  • "7 Year Bitch" / "Thatcher On Acid" "Can We Laugh Now?" / "No Fucking War" (Clawfist Records, 1992)
  • "7 Year Bitch EP" (C/Z Records, 1992)
  • "Rock-A-Bye Baby" b/w "Wide Open Trap" (C/Z Records, 1994)
  • "The History Of My Future" b/w "24,900 Miles Per Hour" (promo only) (Atlantic Records, 1996)
  • "24,900 Miles Per Hour" (promo only) (Atlantic Records, 1996)
  • "Miss Understood" b/w "Go!" (Man's Ruin, 1996)

Other contributions[edit]

  • "8-Ball Deluxe" on Kill Rock Stars (Kill Rock Stars, Nov '12).
  • "Dead Men Don't Rape" on There's A Dyke In The Pit (Outpunk/Harp Records, 1992).
  • "The Scratch" on Power Flush: San Francisco, Seattle & You (Rathouse/Broken Rekids, 1993).
  • "In Lust You Trust" on Rawk Atlas (promo only) (C/Z Records, 1993).
  • "Dead Men Don't Rape" on Progression (Progression, 1994).
  • "The Scratch," "Icy Blue" on the Mad Love Motion Picture Soundtrack (Zoo Records, 1995).
  • "Kiss My Ass Goodbye" on Seattle Women In Rock: A Diverse Collection (Insight Records, 1995).
  • "Damn Good And Well" on Space Mountain (Rough Trade Publishing, 1995).
  • "The Scratch" on Take A Lick (promo only) (BMG, 1995).
  • "M.I.A." on Notes From The Underground, Vol. 2 (Priority Records, 1995).
  • "Mad Dash" on Home Alive: The Art Of Self-Defense (Epic Records, 1996).
  • "24,900 Miles Per Hour" on huH Music Sampler No. 23 (promo only, RayGun Press, 1996).
  • "Knot (Live)" on Hype! The Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sub Pop Records, 1996).
  • "Damn Good And Well" on Rough Cuts: The Best Of Rough Trade Publishing, 1991-1995 (Rough Trade Publishing, 1997).
  • "Rock-A-Bye Baby" on She's A Rebel (Beloved/Shanachie Records, 1997).
  • "Shake Appeal" on We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute (Royalty Records, 1997).
  • "M.I.A." on Whatever: The 90's Pop & Culture Box (Flying Rhino Records/WEA, 2005).
  • "The Scratch" on Sleepless In Seattle: The Birth Of Grunge (LiveWire Recordings, 2006).

Music videos[edit]

  • "In Lust You Trust" (1992)
  • "Hip Like Junk" (1994)
  • "24,900 Miles Per Hour" (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Emily. Dead Again. Spin Magazine. August 1995.
  2. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy. The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches. Chicago Review Press. 2008.
  3. ^ Prato,Greg. Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music. (Toronto: ECW Press, 2009), 359-360.
  4. ^ Muscio, Inga. Cunt: a declaration of independence. Seal Press. 2002.
  5. ^ Stovall, Natasha. Platter du Jour. Spin Magazine. September 1994.
  6. ^ History, Home Alive site.
  7. ^ Cynthia Rose, Safety and Violence Hot Topics on Celebrity-Packed CD, on state51.co.uk.
  8. ^ Fabula magazine interview with 7 Year Bitch. Archived 2009-10-22.
  9. ^ Baker, Greg. [1] "The Hits Just Keep on Coming" Miami New Times, April 06, 1994.
  10. ^ Clow, Aaron. Best New Music. CMJ New Music Monthly. May 1996.
  11. ^ Hasty, Kate.Music Underground. Billboard. November 22, 2008.

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