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Not only does the Birmingham, Alabama, USA trio Verbena specialize in the same style of melodic alt rock as the Foo Fighters, but the latters guiding light Dave Grohl is also a big fan and has served as the bands producer. Verbenas roots can be traced back to high school, when friends Scott Bondy (vocals/guitar), Daniel Johnston (bass), and Les Nuby (originally a guitarist, before moving over to drums) began playing together as Shallow. Songwriter Anne Marie Griffin began collaborating with the up-and-coming group and was eventually enlisted into the band as vocalist and guitarist. Nuby was replaced by original Remy Zero drummer Louis Schefano before the band issued two self-released vinyl singles. A recording contract with Merge Records followed and both singles were combined together for an EP, Pilot Park. Nuby rejoined the band for the release of their debut, 1997s Souls For Sale, which was overseen by respected indie producer Phil...