All Hail Veruca Salt

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Not much has brought me out of posting slumber these days but there have been some great reunions in recent times (in one form or another): The Replacements, Luscious Jackson (check out my revamped LJ site), Throwing Muses (with Tanya Donelly), That Dog, Hole (maybe) and The Breeders.
And the latest reunion for those that didn’t know is Veruca Salt! The great 90s band led by Nina Gordon and Louise Post are back together with the original lineup including Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro and have a 10″ on their original independent label Minty Fresh Records out for Record Store Day, which is tomorrow, April 19! The 10″ features two brand new songs produced by VS and Brad Wood, “The Museum Of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy” and the flip side features their first hit single, and probably the only song a lot of you know, “Seether.”

The first VS album “American Thighs” (also produced by Brad Wood) was one of my absolute favorites, they followed that with the EP “Blow It Out Your Ass It’s Veruca Salt” and in 1997 their final album with this line up, “Eight Arms To Hold You,” all of which have some brilliant tunes on them, that I hope to hear live this year! If you are only familiar with “Seether” I highly recommended diving deeper into the early library.

In 1998 Nina Gordon left the band to pursue a solo career, Jim Shapiro had already left the band and was replaced by Stacy Jones from Letters to Cleo. Nina put out an album in 2000 entitled “Tonight and The Rest of My Life” which was more singer-songwriter and in line with some of the quieter VS tunes and sparked the single of the same name. When this album was released I was lucky enough to meet Nina at my job and she was the sweetest person and made me appreciate VS even more. Louise Post carried on the VS name leading the band with all new members and in 2000 released the album “Resolver” which took the music in a harder direction, the song “Born Entertainer” was probably the biggest hit. Both Gordon and VS put out another album, a few EPs and one off songs, but nothing reached the popularity of Nina & Louise together.  I still don’t know what imploded Veruca Salt but all seems to have been forgiven now and I’m thankful for that.

In 2013 a friend alerted me to the fact that Veruca Salt had some facebook activity going on and I immediately “Liked” their page. I wasn’t really thinking about new music, but I was hoping for a tour and was pleased to see Nina & Louise working together again. In December it was announced that Nina & Louise would be performing live for the first time since 1998 for Letters to Santa a live improv & music fundraiser through The Second City comedy club in Chicago. Nina & Louise played acoustic via skype (which is available to watch online) with a short 20 minute set on December 18, 2013 which included the songs “Get Back,” “Wolf,” “Seether” and “25.”

2014 not only mark the 20th anniversary of the release of “Seether” and “American Thighs” but also the first time the original members will be playing live shows since 1996.  Hopefully the new tracks also signal an album in the near future, fingers crossed.

2014 Tour Dates (So Far):

6/22/14 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/23/14 Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
6/24/14 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
6/26/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
6/27/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
7/09/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
7/10/14 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
7/11/14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
7/12/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/13/14 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
7/21/14 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
7/22/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
7/24/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/25/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/26/14 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Bodies (Sex Pistols Cover)
My Sharona (The Knack Cover)
Side of The Road (Lucinda Williams Cover)
Somebody (Depeche Mode Cover)
Burned (Buffalo Springfield Cover) *Louise Post era VS
18 and Life (Skid Row Cover) *Nina Gordon solo

BONUS:

PJ Harvey “Straight” (Veruca Salt Cover)

This video by Pavement for the song “Painted Soldiers” is not a cover, but quite amusing and features Veruca Salt as Pavement towards the end of the video. I remember seeing this video on 120 minutes and being so pleased with it!

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