“Things are done a little askew in the Toadies,” vocalist Todd Lewis says, searching for the right words. “There’s just something wrong with it that’s just really cool… and unique in a slightly uncomfortable way.” This sick, twisted essence was first exemplified on the Texas band’s 1994 debut, Rubberneck. An intense, swirling vortex of guitar rock built around Lewis’s “wrong” songs and abstract lyrics, like the smash single “Possum Kingdom,” it rocketed to platinum status. After their breakup following the release of their sophomore offering, Hell Below/Stars Above, seven years later, fans clamored for a Toadies reunion.
They regrouped in 2006 for a couple of sold-out shows around St. Patrick’s Day, and again the next year for the same thing. In 2007, Lewis called Rez and Vogeler and asked if they were interested in making another record. The Toadies officially reconvened, recording No Deliverance with David Castell (Burden Brothers, Blue October) at Fort Worth Sound in Fort Worth and Music Lane in Austin.
Lewis is stoked on “the freshness of this new record.” Lewis, Rez, Vogeler and new bass player Doni Blair (Hagfish, Only Crime) are optimistic that their indie incarnation will succeed, thanks to the support of their devout fans—and equally supportive label. The Toadies are now free to pursue success on their own merit and muscle, and things are starting off nicely: following the album’s release, they’ll embark on a nationwide tour offering old fans and those to come—as he recently told SPIN, “Balls. A ton of balls.”
“Getting back to the bare knuckles element of the Toadies,” continues Lewis, “is what I really enjoy, after being away from it for so long.” Vogeler and Rez concur. “I’m here and still doin’ it,” furthers Vogeler, “because the music’s good.” And Rez proclaims in his thick Texas drawl, “The Toadies are back in business.”
Friday, December 28, 2012
Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 8:00 PM