Ex-Veruca Salt Co-Founder Nina Gordon Heads Into Studio

Singer/guitarist goes to Hawaii to record; former partner Louise Post works on hard-pop band's next album.

As singer/guitarist Louise Post continues work on Veruca Salt's next album, the band's

departed co-founder, singer/guitarist Nina Gordon, will begin recording her solo debut in Hawaii in

two weeks, according to a record-label representative.

"She's written a ton of songs; definitely an album's worth," said Dennis Dennehy, her

Geffen Records publicist.

Nine months after unexpectedly leaving the Chicago hard-pop quartet known for its 1994

noise-pop hit


(RealAudio excerpt), Gordon is ready to enter a studio with producer Bob Rock.

Gordon, 30, who wrote songs earlier in the year in Boston and recorded a new song in

Los Angeles several weeks ago with former Grays member Jon Brion, will enter Rock's

Hawaiian studio Nov. 14 to begin work on the new album. Former Letters to Cleo

drummer Stacy Jones -- who replaced Gordon's brother, Jim Shapiro, as Veruca Salt's

drummer in 1996 -- will join Gordon in the studio.

"She's been writing by herself," Dennehy said. "But I think she and Jon [Brion] may have

tried to get a song written together also."

Rock, known for his studio productions with metal-rock band Metallica, has worked with

Gordon in the past, having manned the boards for Veruca Salt's sophomore album, Eight

Arms to Hold You (1997).

Dennehy said Gordon's yet-to-be-titled album is tentatively scheduled for a mid-1999

release. Gordon recorded the Boston demos with a band that included former Letters

bassist Scott Riebling and guitarist Michael Eisenstein, who are expected to play on the

album as well.

Meanwhile, remaining Veruca Salt leader Louise Post has been busy recording the

band's first post-Gordon album in Chicago and plans to continue using the band's name,

which comes from a character in the classic children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate

Factory." "Louise will be using the name the last I heard," Dennehy said.

Former Filter member Brian Liesegang is producing the album, while former

Tripl3fastaction bassist Kevin Tihista and a new drummer known only as "Tasty Jimmy"

are participating in the sessions.

Dennehy said there is not yet a release date set for the new Veruca Salt album.

Gordon first joined forces with guitarist/singer Post in 1993. For six months, the pair

forged a pop-rock sound in Post's living room, teaching one another songs they each

had been working on separately. They came to describe themselves as "musical

soulmates." Soon, they were joined by Shapiro on drums and bassist Steve Lack.

Veruca Salt first came to national prominence in late 1994, after word-of-mouth adulation

for their Brad Wood-produced indie-debut, American Thighs, prompted the DGC

label to sign the band and re-release the album. The group took full flight after the

Gordon-penned "Seether" gained wide exposure on MTV.