Veruca Salt Reform, Enlist Brad Wood To Produce Album & Announce 1st Live Gig

Veruca Salt, back in the day, circa 1995.

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.

“Seether”:

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.

“Victrola”:

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.”

Overview: Veruca Salt Want To Tear Your Playhouse Down

Part 1: Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon “Seethes” With Anger

Part 2: Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon Tells All (Well almost)

Part 1: Veruca Salt’s Louise Post Discovers Her Calling

Part 2: Veruca Salt’s Louise Post Stands Tall And Rocks Out

— A Days of the Crazy-Wild blog post —

About Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael recently completed his first novel, Days of the Crazy-Wild, and is currently writing a second novel.

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