The original Veruca Salt — Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro — are back together, as I reported last December, and have recorded two new songs, “The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy,” with their original producer, Brad Wood.
“It’s been great working with VS again – literally 20 years after our first time in the studio,” Wood told me today. “The new songs are unabashed rockers and I think the fun they are having is evident in the mixes. Seriously good fun and cathartic, too.”
On his Facebook page Wood posted: “The return of VS… Start camping out at your favorite record store because this is happening on Record Store Day, April 19th. The Bitch is Back.”
The new songs will be on a three-song 10″ to be released by their original label, Minty Fresh, along with the group’s original hit, “Seether,” Pitchfork reports.
In 1994 Verruca Salt arrived in a blast of red hot punk energy. “Seether” was a hit, and their album American Thighs, produced by Brad Wood, was terrific.
And then everything went wrong. They signed with the big New York management company, Q Prime (Metallica, Def Leppard) and recorded a glossy second album that had nothing to do with the indie rock of American Thighs.
“Number One Blind”:
Nina Gordon went solo, and the band wasn’t the same without her. And Verruca Salt faded away, a one-hit wonder.
This past March 15 the original lineup of Verruca Salt — Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack — announced they were reforming: “or now let’s just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed” they posted on Facebook.
Now they’re recording a new album with Brad Wood (yes!) producing, Brooklyn Vegan reports.
And soon Nina Gordon and Louise Post with perform together for the first time in 15 years. On December 18 as part of Second City’s 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit in Los Angeles, Verruca Salt will once again rock the house. They hit the stage at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST) and, like the rest of the benefit, will be broadcast live online,Brooklyn Vegan reports.
I interviewed Veruca Salt for my online magazine, Addicted To Noise, back in 1995 following their success with “Seether.”