Later that night, seeing the band at the Croc, I joined a handful of fans who had also been bowled over by Souls for Sale, and we were rewarded by a warm blast of Southern rock sung by an impossibly skinny and slouched guy and gal. Honestly, it was one of the most stunning shows I've seen by a band I knew nothing about, the likes of which I hadn't experienced in years.
Since then, the Birmingham, Alabama trio has signed to Capitol Records and recorded their debut for that label, Into the Pink, produced by former Seattle resident Dave Grohl. Perhaps because the distinctly crumbly crust of grunge is detectable among the sexy hot rock this time around, Verbena frontman Scott Bondy is reticent to say too much about Grohl's involvement, other than to note that the Foo Fighter got involved with the band because "Dave was dating a girl who liked our record." "If you look at it from my end," he continues, "you can see where we'd get tired of people always wanting to talk about him producing our record rather than our record itself."