Le Tigre Release DVD of Final Tour
Known for their high energy shows, infectious beats and gender politics, the ladies of Le Tigre were the darlings of the feminist movement during their brief existence from 1998 to 2005.
Fronted by former Bikini Kill lead singer Kathleen Hannah, the group consisted of Johanna Fateman and JD Sampson, with all three handling multi-instrumental duties as well as vocals. Le Tigre put out three albums from 1999 – 2004, with the last album This Island, being released through Universal Records to critical acclaim. The documentary Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour follows the band as they crisscrossed the globe performing in four continents and ten countries throughout 2004 – 2005. Packed with plenty of performance footage, complete with choreography and synthesizers, the more compelling scenes are the moments the band shares backstage away from the public eye.
From giving a detailed description of the craft services table, or goofing around while trying to get a photograph with Slipknot for one of their younger brothers who doesn’t exist. One of the more captivating scenes came when Sampson recalled an encounter with a fan who thought she was a gay man instead of woman with a small moustache. Filmmaker Kerthy Fix does an astute job at capturing both the glory and vulnerability of a band that made a huge impact on the feminist movement and gender politics as a whole.
Capturing what has been dubbed their final performance in 2005, the band has since been on an indefinite hiatus with Sampson working on her current project MEN, while Fateman owns and operates a hair salon in New York called Seagull. Kathleen Hannah has been reported have been recording music under her Julie Ruin moniker, although fans are patiently waiting for Le Tigre to return to the studio and the stage.