It’s always 1994 somewhere: The original lineup of Veruca Salt took the stage at Conan on Wednesday night to kickstart their upcoming trip around the nostalgia circuit, playing their first live gig together in 18 years. The band busted out a spry but vicious rendition of their 20-year-old hit “Seether,” the Gibson guitar tones sounding as crunchy and sludgy as ever, and a matured bite coming through on frontwoman Nina Gordon’s vocals.
The band also stuck around for an exclusive performance of their new track, “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” but that hasn’t hit the Conan site just yet. That song recently appeared alongside another new cut, “It’s Holy,” as well as “Seether,” which were released as a limited edition 10-inch vinyl on Record Store Day by the band’s original label Minty Fresh.
“The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy” mark the first new music from Veruca Salt’s original lineup (Gordon, guitarist Louise Post, bassist Steve Lack and drummer Jim Shapiro) since their 1997 album, Eight Arms to Hold You. Following Gordon’s departure from the group in 1998, Veruca Salt continued to record, releasing two albums and a few EPs under Post’s direction and with an ever-shifting lineup.
Veruca Salt start their summer reunion tour June 22nd in Portland, and have shows scheduled throughout the U.S., and a handful in Australia through October. You can check out a full list of dates and purchase tickets on the band’s website.