Louise Post Puts Final Touches On New Veruca Salt LP

Pop-rock act's co-founder is wrapping first LP since departure of partner Nina Gordon.

Veruca Salt co-founder Louise Post is expected to wrap sessions this week for the

band's first album since the departure of co-founder Nina Gordon last March.

Post's manager, Ted Gardner, said the new, still-untitled album is a return to the type of

guitar-crunching indie pop of the group's first LP, 1994's American Thighs, and its

radio-friendly tracks "Seether" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Victrola."

Retaining the Veruca Salt name, Post has been recording the new material in Chicago,

according to Gardner.

"It's very much a return to what Veruca Salt was on their first album," Gardner said of the

sound of such new tracks as "Hellraiser," "Wet Suit" and "Imperfectly."

Among the additional musicians Post has worked with on the album are former Triple

Fast Action bassist Kevin Tihista and a new drummer known only as "Tasty Jimmy,"

according to IGA (Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records) publicist Dennis Dennehy.

Ex-Filter member Brian Liesegang is assisting with the album's production.

Gardner said that in the wake of the recent $10 billion merger of music-industry giants

Universal and Polygram, it is not yet known on what label the album will be released.

"We're waiting to hear it, and then we'll submit it to Interscope and see which label they

decide to put it out on," Gardner said.

As a result, the album is not yet scheduled for release.

Veruca Salt -- along with such fellow pop-rockers as Loud Lucy and Triplefastaction --

were discovered in the early '90s in the wake of the success of Chicago superstars the

Smashing Pumpkins and singer/songwriter Liz Phair. Gordon and Post, both singers and

guitarists, first joined forces in 1993.

For six months, the pair forged a pop-rock sound in Post's living room, teaching one

another songs each had been working on separately for years. They came to describe

themselves as "musical soul mates." Soon, they were joined by Gordon's brother Jim

Shapiro on drums and bassist Steve Lack.

Veruca Salt (named for a character in the classic children's book "Charlie and the

Chocolate Factory") first came to national prominence in late 1994, after word-of-mouth

adulation for Thighs -- produced for indie label Minty Fresh by Brad Wood (Liz

Phair, Smashing Pumpkins) -- prompted DGC Records to sign the band and re-release

the album.

They took full flight after the Gordon-penned "Seether" gained wide exposure on MTV.

Gordon is working on her solo debut in Hawaii with producer Bob Rock (Metallica), who

also produced Veruca Salt's final album, 1997's Eight Arms to Hold You.