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September 19, 2006

Veruca Salt


Veruca Salt is an alternative rock group of the 1990s and 2000s, named after Veruca Salt, a character from the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Louise Post (guitar/vocals), Nina Gordon (guitar/vocals), Steve Lack (bass) and Jim Shapiro (drums) formed in Chicago, Illinois, releasing "Seether"/"All Hail Me" on Minty Fresh Records, an independent label, in 1994. The single was a success and Veruca Salt accompanied Hole on a tour, then released their debut full-length LP, American Thighs.

After signing to Geffen Records, the band quickly gained in popularity as "Seether" became an MTV hit. The EP Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt was released in 1996. Veruca Salt's popularity skyrocketed after their second full album, Eight Arms to Hold You (1997), was released. The album, produced by Bob Rock, generated the hit single "Volcano Girls." Shapiro left the band soon after the record was released and was replaced by Stacy Jones (of Letters to Cleo and now American Hi-Fi).

In 1998, Gordon left the band acrimoniously to pursue a solo career (her debut album Tonight and the Rest of My Life was released in 2000). Post recruited a new band, consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick (guitar), Suzanne Sokol (bass) and Jimmy Madla (drums), and continued to record and perform under the name of Veruca Salt. The new band signed with Beyond Records. The debut album with the new lineup was 2000's Resolver.

December 2002 saw Resolver released in Australia, led by the single "Born Entertainer", which charted at number 1 on Australia's most well known and biggest alternative radio station Triple J. Following the release of "Born Entertainer", both "Yeah Man" and "Officially Dead" were released to radio and also charted in the top 20. "Officially Dead" was released as a digi pack single in July of 2003 and featured the two new demos "Straight Jacket" and "Blissful Queen". Veruca Salt toured Australia during July of 2003, played to sell out shows, and were one of the headline bands, along with Placebo, Coldplay, and Goldfrapp, at the Splendour In The Grass festival.

2005 saw the release of a new EP and saw the band complete a tour of America during the fall. The EP, released independently at the band's live shows and via their website, aptly entitled, Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things, includes six new songs and is a prelude to a full length album, due in September 2006. The title of the EP is an extract from Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The new album is named IV. Produced by Rae DiLeo (Filter, Army of Anyone), "IV" features the classic heavy guitar thunder, pop sensibility, and soul-wrenching lyrics of previous Veruca Salt efforts, coupled with the stirring musical maturation of Louise Post and Co. Songs written and performed live to worldwide acclaim over the past six years (such as "Blissful Queen," "Save You," and "The Sun") have been combined with powerful new material, and the resulting effort promises to be the greatest Veruca Salt album to date.

Veruca Salt @ MySpace

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