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Chicago, Illinois, USA (1993 – present)

Veruca Salt is an group from Chicago, Illinois, USA formed in 1993.

Veruca Salt was formed alongside the friendship of Louise Post and Nina Gordon. Introduced by Gordon’s good friend, actress Lili Taylor, Gordon and Post quickly bonded and formed what is now known as Veruca Salt. Originally, the band was an Indigo Girls-inspired acoustic act, but the women quickly realized this wasn’t their sound. They quickly enlisted bass player Steve Lack and eventually Gordon’s brother Jim Shapiro joined as a drummer, even though he originally was just drumming as a favor to his sister.

Veruca Salt released a self-funded demo tape and shopped it to labels, and began to play a handful of small club shows. The buzz around the band grew furiously, and after only a few live gigs, the band was signed to Minty Fresh Records and began recording with producer Brad Wood. At the time Brad was popular due to having recently produced Liz Phair’s critically acclaimed Exile in Guyville.

The band released an orange 7” single for the song “Seether” to radio. “Seether” was a bratty, distorted alt-rocker about an angry and misunderstood woman. Compared to the rest of Veruca Salt’s material, “Seether” was very pop, so much so that Gordon said that when she wrote it, she didn’t think the rest of the band would like it. They sent “Seether” to radio, as it was the most radio-friendly song they had written and the reaction was unexpectedly positive. Unfortunately, the album wasn’t complete and they found themselves rushing to complete the album, before “Seether” lost its radio momentum. It ended up peaking at #8 on the Modern Rock charts.

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  • wheresyourblues

    cause I'm batman, I do what I can

    28 Sep 9:10am Reply
  • MegaDave89

    WOW their are awesome.

    11 Sep 6:30am Reply
  • iamaqwertyboy

    I'm still pinching myself over their reunion...

    14 Aug 2:01pm Reply
  • earthcrossing

    Can't wait for the show in Perth, WA!!!

    28 Jul 4:20am Reply
  • letsbolt

    SUCH AN AMAZING SHOW LAST NIGHT - SUCH FUN!

    25 Jul 11:34am Reply
  • yxnarbo

    Funny I've been listening to this band for almost 20 years and for the heck of it looked up a video on youtube. Had no idea that: 1) The girls are REALLY good looking, and 2) The long haired one (Nina?) looks like Olivia from Fringe.

    16 Jul 9:25am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    O M G...their show last night was one of the best times I've had in years. What a perfect set list and you can hear / see how great they are together. Plus, Louise announced a new album is fully recorded!!!!

    14 Jul 1:51pm Reply
  • Willensmacht

    You suddenly remember some random band that had a song or two on MTV twenty years ago, look them up on Last.fm and...see they're still on tour. Amazing stuff.

    12 Jul 2:20am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    week and a half until the St. Louis gig :D

    2 Jul 1:32am Reply
  • terror-kat

    Reunion! I feel young again! YES!

    30 Jun 12:30pm Reply
  • spidereyegirl

    fuzz for days!

    26 Jun 6:13pm Reply
  • SeanJFry

    Two shows in Melbourne in September. Jubilation!

    14 May 8:25am Reply
  • Bozfly

    If the new MMXIV EP is any indication of how good the upcoming album will be then we should all be very excited! It's holy, everybody knows it!!!

    6 May 4:32am Reply
  • nandosiol

    These new songs are really good

    4 May 3:41am Reply
  • rhorewyn

    jubilation; he loves me again. halalala

    3 May 7:21pm Reply
  • Bozfly

    Jubilation!!!!!!!!!

    2 May 2:42am Reply
  • aseriesofsneaks

    I can't stop listening to the two new songs. Hope the new album is out sooner than later.

    24 Apr 5:13am Reply
  • EchotheSun

    New Video! Return of that great 90s sound.

    24 Apr 1:03am Reply
  • Kyle_James

    Reunion!!!! This is amazing news, I hope they play a show in Toronto, I've never seen them live.

    20 Apr 2:15pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    St. Louis show on July 13th!!! I AM SO THERE!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    15 Apr 7:38pm Reply
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