Verbena (band)

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Verbena
Also known as The Alabama Boys Choir, Shallow, Volume
Origin Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Rock, Post-grunge, Indie rock, Alternative rock, Southern rock
Years active 19942003
Labels Capitol Records
Setanta Records
Merge Records
Associated acts A. A. Bondy
Amy Ray
Weezer
Members Scott Bondy
Les Nuby
Nick Daviston
Past members Anne Marie Griffin
Duquette Johnston
Louis Schefano
Ben Dunn
Carson Lamm
Mikey Welsh

Verbena was a rock band from Birmingham, Alabama, founded in the early 1990s by Scott Bondy, and Daniel Duquette Johnston who would become mainstays for the entirety of the bands career, despite undergoing several line-up changes. They released three albums, two of which were issued on Capitol Records.

History[edit]

The band was founded in the early 1990s by high school friends Scott Bondy (vocals, guitar) and Les Nuby (guitar), Duquette Johnston (bass) and Carson Lamm (Drums) under the name Volume.

Anne Marie Griffin (additional vocals, guitar) replaced Nuby and the band Volume was renamed Shallow. Eventually drummer Carson Lamm quit Shallow to play with the band Fuzzy Sons, and the original Remy Zero drummer Louis Schefano joined Shallow. Shallow released the songs "Lot" and "Always and Forever" on the compilation album Balkanize Now. Soon after, Nuby rejoined the group as drummer (replacing Schefano) and the band recorded a handful of singles and an EP for Merge Records under the new name Verbena.

Following their first full length Souls For Sale (1997), produced by Dave Fridmann and released on Setanta Records as well as Merge Records in the US, the band attracted attention from Dave Grohl, who agreed to produce its major-label debut, Into The Pink (1999) released on Capitol Records. Before recording, Johnston left the band and Griffin took over bass duties. The album's single "Baby Got Shot" received moderate modern rock radio airplay, and its music video landed in rotation on MTV2 in mid-year. Whilst touring in support of Into The Pink, former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was recruited to provide bass duties with Griffin back on rhythm guitar. Shortly afterwards, Griffin left the band and was replaced with Nick Daviston. Verbena continued as a trio and released La Musica Negra (2003), produced by Rob Schnapf, and again earned airplay for the single "Way Out West" with a music video that featured Kiefer Sutherland and Natasha Lyonne. They toured in support of La Musica Negra, often under the false name of The Alabama Boys Choir. Verbena disbanded in 2003 after extensive touring.

Current projects[edit]

In the fall of 2005 Bondy and Nuby each started their own respective solo projects. Nuby had a brief stint in Amy Ray's backing band, The Volunteers, as second guitarist throughout her Prom tour, and is currently the guitarist for Vulture Whale, signed to Skybucket Records. In September 2007 Bondy released his solo debut American Hearts under the name A.A. Bondy on Superphonic Records, later re-released by Fat Possum Records the following year. Bondy released his second solo effort When The Devil's Loose in 2009. Duquette Johnson toured as Cutgrass for years and played bass on tour with a reunion of The Blake Babies. Duquette Johnson and the Rebel Kings and has released several albums on the Superphonic Label, including Etowah.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Everyday Shoes" (1995)
  • "I Say So" (1995)
  • "Hey, Come On" (1997)
  • "Shaped Like a Gun" (1997)
  • "Pretty Please" (1999)
  • "Baby Got Shot" (1999)
  • "Way Out West" (2003)
  • "Top Of the Mountain" (2003) - split single with Grandaddy

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