Veruca Salt: Louise Post (gtr/vocals). Nina Gordon (gtr/vocals). Steve Lack (bass). Jim Shapiro (drums).
Veruca Salt took their name from the little girl with the super-inflated ego in Charlie & The Chocloate Factory. Certainly, the bratty nonchalance of the song Seether (FF 1994 #3) has something in common with that attitude.
Like the Von Bondies, the Salt came from Chicago, making this song their first release on the independent Minty Fresh records. It appears to be a confessional about somebody who attempts (usually unsuccessfully) to control the anger boiling inside them. However, nobody has quite been able to explain the song’s meaning, least of all Louise, who replied, ‘I left it in the bathroom, I’m not sure where that is’ when an interviewer asked for an explanation. Their well-known song Volcano Girls, used as the theme to Jawbreaker, states that ‘Louise is the seether’, nonetheless.
According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine on this site, the band
reshaped the jagged, abrasive punk-pop of the Pixies and Breeders into a more accessible, riff-driven power-pop formula that also borrowed from pop/hard rockers like Cheap Trick. It was a successful formula, both musically and commercially, yet it didn’t assure them indie rock credibility.
The press claimed that they ripped off the Pixies after they had supported Hole on tour. I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard so much stuff like this that it all sounds too familiar. It all seems like overheated music for teen comedies, which is what Volcano Girls became. If the cap fits…
The band are still making music today, so they cannot at least be accused of being a flash in the pan. But now it would seem we’ve all moved on from that angst-ridden scene. Listen and see if you agree.
Buy: Veruca Salt, American Thighs