Who saw this one coming? 90s grunge-pop act Veruca Salt have reformed with their original lineup for the first time in over a decade. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist duo Louise Post and Nina Gordon, along with bassist Steve Lack and drummer Jim Shapiro, Veruca Salt hit pay dirt in the late 90s with monster single "Seether," taken from their awesome debut, American Thighs.
Sophomore album Eight Arms To Hold You followed three years later, and while a moderate success, it marked the beginning of the end for the original incarnation of the band. Shapiro left soon after recording, while constant fighting between Post and Gordon made Post leave to pursue a solo career. None of this deterred Gordon, who continued to tour and release new material as Veruca Salt up until 2012, when the band went on hiatus, only to announce a year later they were back together with the old lineup.
"The Museum Of Broken Relationships" is the band's first release since reforming, a limited 10" release for Record Store Day that's trademark Veruca Salt. It has all the hallmarks of their early work; sludgy guitars, a slinking bass line, heavy drums and the girls' dueling harmonies. There's also a sense of maturity in their sound, retaining the grittiness of "Seether"-era Veruca Salt with touches of modern indie pop.
In short, "The Museum Of Broken Relationships" is bloody good, and I can't wait to hear more from Chicago quartet.