Lots of concert reviews to catch up on. Let’s start with a 90s throwback: Veruca Salt. I never saw Veruca Salt live back in the day. In retrospect, I’m not even sure I ever bought their albums. But middle-school me was *obsessed* with “Volcano Girls” and “Seether” so I figured, what the heck, I'll check out their reunion tour last night at the Black Cat.
I arrived to the U street corridor early to grab some food and encountered the longest line I’d ever seen to get into the club. Go figure. I guess DC still loves them some Veruca Salt.
Battleme opened and felt appropriate for an old episode of 120 Minutes even though they are a newer band. Their lead singer had buckets of energy and was a joy to watch. The lead guitarist on the other hand gave off a vibe of a guy who buys alcohol for high school students in hopes of getting invited to their party. So you win some and lose some. But it was overall a very decent opening set.
Veruca Salt kicked things off with “Get Back” and could not have looked more 90s. Nina rocked a baby doll cut shirt and multiple necklaces (including, obvi, a choker) to compliment her decidedly 90s looking haircut. Meanwhile Louise rocked a flannel shirt and a slightly less 90s looking haircut. I’d tell you what the guys in the band were up to, but let’s be honest – Veruca Salt is all about Nina and Louise. Up next was one of my favorites “All Hail Me.” New songs like “It’s Holy” and “The Museum of Broken Relationships” fit well into the set. It was all good, but it dragged on. Turns out that I don’t have an hour and 40 minutes of enthusiastic nostalgia for Veruca Salt. I have about an hour and fifteen minutes. What kept me going, obviously was the expectation of “Seether,” “Shutterbug,” and, most importantly, “Volcano Girls.” They finally busted out “Seether” as song 19 of their set. It was a little underwhelming. I was thrilled to finally hear it live, but something about it was lacking. “Shutterbug” kicked off the four song encore and was better. Then came the pinnacle moment of the night: “Volcano Girls” was one of the best single songs I’ve ever experienced live. I couldn’t stop smiling. It lived up to all my high expectations. It was a shame that they kept going with two more songs, because it would have been the perfect way to end the show.