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.”