Tad (band)

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Tad
Tad Elektra.jpg
L-R: Jack Endino, Tad Doyle, Kurt Danielson, and Josh Sinder.
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Grunge, heavy metal,[1] alternative metal[2]
Years active 1988–1999, 2013
Labels Sub Pop, Amphetamine Reptile, Futurist, Giant/Warner Bros., Eastwest/Elektra
Past members Tad Doyle
Joel Elman
Joe Garner
Gary Thorstensen
Kurt Danielson
Steve Wied
Rey Washam
Josh Sinder
Mike Mongrain

Tad (often styled as TAD) was an American grunge band from Seattle, Washington led by Tad Doyle. Among the first of the many bands which came out of Seattle in the grunge era, Tad was notable for the fact that its music was inspired far more by '70s metal than the punk which influenced many other grunge bands.[3] Although their commercial success was limited, their music is still highly regarded amongst grunge fans.

History[edit]

Formation and Sub Pop years (1988–1991)[edit]

Led by Tad Doyle (b. Thomas Doyle) on vocals and guitar, Tad was formed in early 1988 by Doyle who asked bassist Kurt Danielson to play bass for TAD. Danielson's band Bundle of Hiss played with Doyle's previous band (in which he played drums) H-Hour. Tad recruited drummer Steve Wied (formerly of Skin Yard and Death and Taxes) and guitarist Gary Thorstensen (ex-Treeclimbers) to complete the original lineup.

Tad was among the first bands to be signed to Sub Pop Records and was possibly the first pioneer of what was to be later called grunge. In 1987, Doyle had released the "Daisy/Ritual Device" single on Sub Pop, produced by seminal Seattle producer Jack Endino, for which Doyle wrote and performed all music. Tad's debut album God's Balls appeared in early 1989 and was also produced by Endino. In March 1990 the band released the Salt Lick EP, recorded by Steve Albini. The single "Wood Goblins" was released in the same year, but was apparently banned by MTV. After a European tour with Nirvana, Tad returned to Seattle and recorded their second album 8-Way Santa (1991), named after a type of blotter acid. Produced by famed 90's grunge and alternative producer Butch Vig (better known for Nirvana's Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins's Siamese Dream and as drummer for the band Garbage), the album was far more pop-oriented than its predecessors, featuring such songs as "Jinx," "Stumblin' Man" and "Jack Pepsi." "Jack Pepsi" was released as a single, but Pepsi filed a lawsuit against the band due to the cover art on the single, which was the Pepsi logo with "Tad" in place of "PEPSI." However, The so-called "Pepsi logo" was missing the left and right colorations in the actual Pepsi logo, one being of a light blue color; said light blue color never appeared on the Tad artwork, making this at best an attempt at "folk art", not even coming close to "copyright infringement". Another lawsuit was filed due to the cover of 8-Way Santa (which was a found picture of a man fondling a woman's breast). The couple in the photograph, one of whom had since become a born-again Christian and remarried, took exception and sued. Sub Pop changed the album cover to a group shot.

Major label years, turmoil and breakup (1992–1999)[edit]

After a very brief acting stint in Singles, Tad was offered its first major-label opportunity by Giant Records. However, Steve Wied had left, joining Willard, and later Foil. Rey Washam (formerly of Scratch Acid) briefly filled on drums in 1991 but was later replaced by Josh Sinder, previously of The Accüsed. Sinder debuted with Tad on their last Sub-Pop release, the "Salem/Leper" single (which featured "Mud-Man," Josh's apparently mumps-afflicted brother, on the cover). Their major label debut Inhaler, appeared later in the year to positive reviews. The record failed to break the band however, even though they were chosen to open for Soundgarden on their 1994 Superunknown tour. Giant Records quickly got cold feet and dropped the band when a poster promoting Inhaler surfaced featuring Bill Clinton smoking a joint with the caption reading "It's heavy shit".

In 1994, the band released Live Alien Broadcasts on Futurist Records, which was a best-of live studio recording. Thorstensen left but they secured a second major-label deal with EastWest/Elektra Records in 1995 releasing their fifth album Infrared Riding Hood. However, within a month of the release, the band's Artists and repertoire representative was fired. As a result of that representative's termination, all of their signed bands were released and their albums ceased production, regardless of content. They continued to gig for the remainder of the year before Sinder left to form the Hot Rod Lunatics. He was replaced on drums by Mike Mongrain of Foil. Tad's final single "Oppenheimer's Pretty Nightmare/Accident on the Way to Church" appeared in 1998 on Up Records. A year later the band dissolved.

Post-breakup (2000–2012)[edit]

Following Tad's breakup, Doyle formed Hog Molly in 2001 with Willard bassist Ty Garcia, and 50 paces guitarist Martin Chandler, releasing the album Kung-Fu Cocktail Grip late the same year. He later formed the band Hoof. Tad's current (2008) band Brothers of the Sonic Cloth has been playing in Seattle night clubs. Kurt Danielson went on to form Valis, a project which included members of Screaming Trees and Mudhoney. Then he formed The Quaranteens, a post-punk/new wave band with Craig Paul, before moving to France. He is back in Seattle since 2008, and has started to write a novel. Danielson has also played in other local Seattle-based bands including Misericords (With fellow ex-Tad member Mike Mongrain on drums) and Vaporland. Josh Sinder has gone on to play drums in The Insurgence and also plays with Marky Felchtone from Zeke in new band Hellbound For Glory.

A documentary of the band titled Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears was released in February 2008. In July 2009 taddoyle.com announced plans by Brothers of the Sonic Cloth to release a split 10" vinyl record with Seattle-area sludge metal band, Mico de Noche. The Brothers of the Sonic Cloth/Mico de Noche split 10" vinyl record was released in October 2009 as an edition of 500 copies and featured two songs by Mico de Noche and one song by Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, "Fires Burn Dim in the Shadows of the Mountain". The record received several positive reviews[4][5][6][7] and appeared on multiple "Best of 2009" lists.[8]

Partial reunion (2013)[edit]

A semi-reunion of Tad took place at the 25th anniversary of Sub Pop Records show on July 13, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.[9] There, Tad Doyle and Gary Thorstensen joined Brothers of the Sonic Cloth to play a set of songs from God's Balls, Salt Lick and 8-Way Santa.[10]

Band members[edit]

  • Tad Doyle – vocals, guitar (1988–99)
  • Gary Thorstensen – guitar (1988–94)
  • Kurt Danielson – bass (1988–99)
  • Steve Wied – drums (1988–91)
  • Rey Washam – drums (1991)
  • Josh Sinder – drums (1992–96)
  • Mike Mongrain – drums (1996–99)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Extended plays and singles[edit]

Compilations and soundtracks[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Willard [The Sound of Fuck]-(1992) Steel Mill [RoadRunnerRecords] Tad Doyle - Backing Vocals on "Stain"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tad - biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.silver-dragon-records.com/alternative_metal.htm
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and Mico de Noche on a Timeshare". The Obelisk. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH / MICO DE NOCHE". deaf sparrow. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Pegoraro, John (15 November 2009). "Mico De Noche/Brothers of the Sonic Cloth - Split". Stonerrock.com. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Cara (25 January 2010). "Split: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth/Mico de Noche". Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Levin, Hannah (30 December 2009). "Our Favorite Local Releases of 2009". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Soundgarden Leads Lineup For Sub Pop Records' 25th Anniversary". Blabbermouth.net. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "What's Crappening?". thestranger.com. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • [2] Tad's official website