Hard-Rockers Verbena Announce Spring U.S. Tour

Group will carry the flag for grunge through 18 cities, beginning on March 23 in Houston.

Southern grunge revivalists Verbena will keep the flame alive with an 18-city tour this spring.

After opening on March 23 in Houston, the rockers will make their way to San Diego, work their way up the West Coast and play three shows in the Midwest before heading back to the South.

After their 1997 debut, Souls for Sale (Merge), Verbena signed to Capitol. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, the former drummer for Nirvana, produced the explosive Into the Pink (1999).

The band's sound is exemplified by the sludgy yet catchy hard-pop single "Baby Got Shot" (RealAudio excerpt). On songs such as "Bang Bang" (RealAudio excerpt), Scott Bondy's cranked-up guitar noise is anchored by the driving rhythm of drummer Les Nuby and bassist Anne Marie Griffin.

Griffin, who will play guitar on the tour, sings to create wailing harmonies with Bondy on "Shaped Like a Gun" (RealAudio excerpt), "Kiss Yourself" and other songs. Nick Daviston has been added to the lineup to handle bass.

Verbena tour dates:

March 23; Houston, Texas; Rudyard's

March 24; Dallas, Texas; Gypsy Tea Room

March 25; Oklahoma City, Okla.; VZD

March 26; Austin, Texas; Emo's

March 28; Las Cruces, N.M.; The Club

March 29; Phoenix, Ariz.; Modified

March 30; San Diego, Calif.; Casbah

March 31; Los Angeles, Calif.; Troubador

April 1; Sacramento, Calif.; Old Ironsides

April 2; San Francisco, Calif.; TBA

April 4; Seattle, Wash.; Crocodile Cafe

April 7; Minneapolis, Minn.; 400 Bar

April 8; Chicago, Ill.; TBA

April 9; Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Grog Shop

April 11; Richmond, Va.; Alley Katz

April 12; Carrboro, N.C.; Room 4

April 13; Columbia, S.C.; TBA

April 14; Athens, Ga.; Caledonia

April 15; Atlanta, Ga.; Echo Lounge