After all, the ‘Seether’ is Louise! An interview with Louise Post of Veruca Salt
By
J. Gordon
10/23/2006 12:26:15 PM

"that kind of intimacy is not something I’m looking for again. It was so powerful and it was a little bit scary"

After the split of the super cool, girl-fronting duo of Louise Post and Nina Gordon, the band Veruca Salt dropped off the radar and most assumed the band was no more. Not so.

Signed to a new label (Sympathy for the Record Industry) and led by co-founder Louise, the new incarnation of Veruca Salt is very much alive and kicking ass; touring hard on their new album, Veruca Salt IV.

We caught up with Louise Post to ask how the new band is different from the alternative radio staple Veruca Salt of the 1990s, and to push some of the harder questions:

NT: Tell us about the new album. Sometimes these projects can get away from you and take on lives of their own. You and your fans may have had expectations of continuing the sound of the old Veruca Salt. Is it all you’d hoped it would be?

“I had a dream just before releasing the album that my guitar player Stephen [Fitzpatrick] and I had a baby. The baby looked like his brother. I realized who the father was and I realized, ‘Oh, I wasn’t planning on this! This wasn’t how I drew it up in the locker room…” She laughs and continues, “Is he gonna be a good father? We have this baby, we’re gonna have to give it love…’ It was blatantly symbolic of us releasing our album, putting so much love, energy and attention into it. We’ve been working on some of the songs for years. They’ve been sticking around in demo form. Some of the others we wrote this past spring, so there was new energy for the record. It was just a real combustion and fusion of creativity, excitement and enthusiasm with our new lineup.”

The lineup now consists of Louise and Stephen, who have been together since Resolver [Beyond Records, 2000]. After they released their EP called Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things [Velveteen Records, Louise’s label] and toured on that, they were paired with drummer and friend Kellii Scott (Failure, Blinker the Star), who had contributed a bit to Resolver but geography kept them from working with him regularly. “Kellii is the best drummer I’ve ever played with. I’d admired him from afar for some time, and I thought he was the shit,” says Louise. Before they knew it, the owner from Sympathy for the Record Industry heard the EP and asked them to do a full length. “We just hooked up again last winter [with Kellii] and it all fell in place so beautifully.” Finally, she met Nicole Fiorentino (bass, vocals), the final piece of the puzzle to complete the Veruca Salt sound.

NT: That must have been quite a challenge to replace your former bandmate Nina Gordon. You and Nina were such strong personalities, with a real equality as singers and songwriters.

“I’d been trying to find the right woman to play with for some time. It wasn’t to replace Nina. That was sort of a sensitive issue, because I didn’t want to try to replace her in any regard. We were two very strong, fiercely opinionated singer-songwriters. It was beautiful while it lasted. Certainly, the hardships and the beauty were all intact, but beyond that, singing harmonies with another woman and having another woman in the band was really important to me. Finding Nicole was a great coup.”

Louise says that she brought Nicole on primarily because she is a strong bass player and singer in her own right, with a good presence on stage. While she is very creative a contributes a lot, says Louise, there is not a writing collaboration as there was with Nina Gordon. Today, Louise collaborates primarily with Stephen.

NT: There has been talk that things got pretty bad with you and Nina for awhile. Will you comment on it?

“A lot of time has passed. We’ve communicated, although we haven’t seen each other in years. We’ve gone on to live our separate lives and pursued our own things. [Today,] Our music is really different from each other. There has been apologies and forgiveness, and we’ve moved forward and we’re doing our own things. But that kind of intimacy is not something I’m looking for again. It was so powerful and it was a little bit scary. I actually think I shy away from intimate relationships with women to some degree since my relationship with Nina. It combusted so dramatically.”

NT: Veruca Salt’s sound, now and then, has always been one of feminine strength; fierce and sexy. Care to comment on how you think the new record differs?

“It’s really hard for me to say. I feel like I’m just doing what I do naturally. It’s an extension upon the previous records and an evolution upon that. IV has been compared to Eight Arms to Hold You [Outpost Records, 1997], but I have no idea if that’s true or what that means. It wasn’t my intention to be similar to that record, I just made the best record I could make. It’s certainly different because it’s me singing all the songs. But that was another tough thing with two songwriters in one band. It’s good the way it is. I think it sounds great. I’m really proud of it and excited to release and tour on it.”

NT: And the audience? How are they responding?

“I keep getting this feedback like, ‘you guys are really sexy!’ It’s so funny, I like to give of myself when I perform. I like to feel connection with my favorite bands. Wherever I am, the day we play a show, I’m like, well here it is! Even if we have a rough day or something, I’m always so happy to get on the stage. Especially when the tour is so chaotic, the only time I can really relax is when I’m on stage. It feels really good.

“There’s this really cool, good energy between us right now. It’s not like we’re all fucking peace-loving hippies and everything’s beautiful all the time [laughs], but we’re all really happy to be playing together.”

You can listen to some of the new tracks from IV on www.myspace.com/verucasalt

 

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