Toadies w/ The Whigs + Box Social
Why is it such a big deal that the Toadies are back? The band rose to fame in the 90s when their debut album, Rubberneck, went platinum on the strength of two smash singles Possum Kingdom and Tyler. It then took a long seven years for their follow up album, Hell Below/Stars Above to be released. Shortly thereafter, bassist Lisa Umbarger quit the band. The remaining members played a few farewell shows, before going their separate ways. Vocalist Vaden Todd Lewis started a new band, The Burden Brothers, drummer Mark Reznicek began playing with Eleven Hundred Springs and guitarist Clark Vogeler moved to LA to start a career in film.
It wasnt until 2005 that the band got together again for a one off show on St Patricks Day in Dallas. In 2006, they reunited once more for a string of sold out shows in Dallas, Austin and Houston. Vogeler says, The fan response really surprised us all. I had no idea that people would show up in the numbers that they did. Clearly, people still wanna see a Toadies show. Lewis adds After the first show, we started getting more offers for the Toads. I like to work. A lot. So we did a few more shows during my time off from the Burden Brothers. They turned out to be a gas. The stars have lined up for a few more shows now. Expect lots of rock. And maybe even new Toadies releases in the future. Whether that involves putting out some unreleased archival stuff, or even recording new material... who knows? says Reznicek.
Lets face it; the music industry isnt the same as it was 10-15 years ago. They just dont make em like they used to. Remember when the rock/alternative scene was good? It was a long time ago, I know. Bands dont sound like The Toadies, or The Pixies, or Nirvana, or the old Pearl Jam (before becoming political activists) anymore. Now we have to live with, and listen to generic crap rock, nu metal & American Idol rejects. Music needs redemption, dammit.
Vogeler says, Ive realized that trends in popular music come and go, but hardcore fans of a band stick around for the long run. The Hell Below era reminds me of what a struggle it can be for a band who just wants to record albums and tour. These days the band gives me a sense of optimism that perhaps we can play music on our terms.
What better reason for the Toadies to pick up their guitars and re-tune the strings?
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