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Veruca Salt Biography

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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years Active: 1993 - present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Post-grunge

Veruca Salt is an alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois that formed in 1993 when led vocalist and guitarist Louise Post got together with fellow vocalist and guitarist Nina Gordon. Post and Gordon hooked up with Lili Taylor, and began playing music together. Shortly thereafter the trio were joined by Gordon's brother, Jim Shapiro, on drums, and Steve Lack on bass guitar. After creating a local buzz around their music the band signed with the indie label Minty Fresh Records and put out the single “Seether”/”All Hail Me” in 1994. The single was met with huge success and Veruca Salt gained an instant fan base. The success of the single saw an offer from Hole to open up for them on tour.

The band's accelerated popularity lead to signing with Geffen Records and the release of their debut album, “American Thighs,” with the single “Seether” becoming an MTV hit. The EP, “Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt,” arrived in 1996, followed by the band's popularity skyrocketing after their second album, “Eight Arms to Hold You,” in 1997. That same year saw Shapiro part ways with the band to be replaced by Stacy Jones. A year later in 1998, Gordon left the band to pursue a solo career. Post recruited guitarist Stephen Fitzpatrick; Suzanne Sokol on bass; and Jimmy Madla on drums to record their next record, “Resolver” in 2000. Sokol left the band at the end of 2000 and Gina Crosley took her place. The new line-up embarked on a tour in the summer of 2001 to support their new album. After the tour came to an end, Post and Crosley moved to Los Angeles, where they lived together and wrote music together before Crosley left the band in 2002.

2005 saw more line-up movement within the band with Madla leaving and being replaced by Solomon Snyder on bass, and Michael Miley on drums. The EP “Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things” followed later that year, accompanied by another tour. 2006 marked the release of the band's third album, “IV,” which failed to chart in the U.S., and the addition of bassist Nicole Fiorentino as permanent fixture of Veruca Salt. 2007 saw the band cover the Neil Young's song, “Burned,” for a Breast Cancer Benefit album.