Veruca Salt, Eight Arms to Hold You

Kevin O'Donnell

By Kevin O'Donnell

on 09.21.11 in Reviews

Eight Arms To Hold You

Veruca Salt

From their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-referencing name to the skimpy outfits they sometimes wore on stage, Veruca Salt may have seemed like a ’90s version of a prefab band like the Runaways. But chief songwriters Louis Post and Nina Gordon were ace peddlers of power-pop candy, particularly on their major label debut Eight Arms to Hold You, released three years after their debut and way past the era when grunge was at its peak. Which is a shame: “Straight” starts with tinnitus-inducing blasts of distortion before gliding into a rousing chorus that’s as fierce as anything Nirvana ever did. Ditto the teen-girl rock-star fantasy “David Bowie.”