Toadies performing at the White Rabbit in San Antonio, Texas
|Origin||Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative rock, grunge, post-grunge|
|Years active||1989–2001, 2006–present|
|Labels||Kirtland Records, Interscope, Aezra Records|
|Associated acts||Burden Brothers, 1100 Springs, Baboon|
|Members||Vaden Todd Lewis
|Past members||Darrel Herbert
Charles Mooney III
Toadies are an American alternative rock band from Fort Worth, Texas, best known for the song "Possum Kingdom." The band's classic lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis on vocals/guitar, Mark Reznicek on drums, Lisa Umbarger on bass, and Darrel Herbert on guitar. It formed in 1989 and disbanded in 2001 after Umbarger left the group. The band reformed and released an album, No Deliverance in 2008. In 2010, they re-released the album Feeler with Kirtland Records (the album's original release had been denied by Interscope in 1997). The band's latest album, Play.Rock.Music, was released in July 2012.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early years, Rubberneck, and commercial breakthrough (1989–1996)
- 1.2 Feeler sessions, Hell Below/Stars Above, and breakup (1997–2002)
- 1.3 No Deliverance, Feeler release, and Play.Rock.Music (2006–2013)
- 1.4 Rubberneck 20th-anniversary reissue and tour (2014)
- 1.5 Heretics and Summerland Tour (2015-present)
- 2 Band members
- 3 Discography
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early years, Rubberneck, and commercial breakthrough (1989–1996)
Toadies began in 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas. They recorded a few cassette self-releases and an E.P. titled Pleather before signing to Interscope Records. Their first full-length album Rubberneck was released in the summer of 1994. It included six singles, "Possum Kingdom" (their most successful) as well as "Mister Love", "Away", "Tyler", "Backslider" and "I Come From the Water". "Backslider" can be heard in the film Black Sheep. "Possum Kingdom" would later become a playable track in the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II.
Toadies toured extensively throughout the 1990s supporting Rubberneck, opening for artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, White Zombie, Bush, and The Butthole Surfers. They also headlined and co-headlined tours with acts such as Supersuckers, and The Reverend Horton Heat. The band was a regular act at the festivals Edgefest in Dallas, and Buzzfest in Houston during these years.
Feeler sessions, Hell Below/Stars Above, and breakup (1997–2002)
After years of touring, the band entered the studio in 1997 to record new tracks for a second album, Feeler. Interscope Records did not approve the finished product, and rejected its 1998 release. In 2000, they went back to the studio, salvaged some of the songs from the Feeler sessions, and released their second full-length album Hell Below/Stars Above in the spring of 2001 to poor sales. Portland-based musician Elliott Smith performed piano backup for the title track.
The band broke up five months later while touring in support of the album. The primary reason, according to Lewis, was that Lisa Umbarger did not want to be a part of it anymore, and that the band could not continue without her.
Shortly after the break-up, a live album, Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise, was released. It was recorded earlier in 2001 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. The album was released through Interscope Records, but Kirtland Records later picked up the band's back catalogue.
No Deliverance, Feeler release, and Play.Rock.Music (2006–2013)
Toadies reformed for a reunion show on March 11, 2006, headlining the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day parade concert, and have played a number of shows since. In March 2007, they embarked on a mini-tour, playing dates in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. The final show of the mini-tour was recorded and released as the live album Rock Show.
Toadies performed at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2008, Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival on May 16, 2009 and May 18, 2013, and Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2009. In addition, on August 31, 2008 the Toadies headlined the inaugural Dia De Los Toadies, an annual Texas music festival organized by and featuring the band.
In June 2010 it was announced that Feeler, the follow-up album to Rubberneck that was shelved by Interscope, would finally be seeing a release. Vaden Todd Lewis was quoted as saying: "Since there are unfinished versions floating around on the Internet, it is important to us that people hear it as we meant it to be." The album was released on July 20, 2010. It has also been announced through the band's website that after Dia De Los Toadies, Feeler, and summer/fall touring.
The band's fifth album, Play.Rock.Music, was released July 31, 2012 on Kirtland Records. A promotional video for the track, "Summer of the Strange," can be viewed on Clark Vogeler's YouTube Channel.
Rubberneck 20th-anniversary reissue and tour (2014)
On January 7, 2014, the Toadies announced via their Facebook page that their Rubberneck album would be reissued by Kirtland Records with five previously-unreleased bonus tracks. The announcement also revealed plans for a nationwide Rubberneck 20-year anniversary tour, featuring the Toadies playing the entire Rubberneck album "front to back", with supporting acts Supersuckers and Battleme. The tour ended in September 2014 with a final Rubberneck start to finish performance, followed by performances of the band's more recent songs, at the seventh annual Dia De Los Toadies festival in Fort Worth.
Heretics and Summerland Tour (2015-present)
In January 2015, the band Everclear announced its fourth annual multi-city Summerland Tour via Twitter. The 2015 Summerland Tour would feature Everclear and Toadies, as well as alt/rock bands American Hi-Fi and Fuel.
In June 2015, Toadies also announced that their eighth album, Heretics, would be released on September 18. The album "re-imagines and reinterprets" several Toadies songs such as Possum Kingdom and Backslider, while also featuring two new songs and a cover of Blondie's 1979 hit single Heart of Glass.
- Rubberneck (1994)
- Hell Below/Stars Above (2001)
- No Deliverance (2008)
- Feeler (2010)
- Play.Rock.Music (2012)
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- Childers, Chad (July 26, 2012). "TOADIES FRONTMAN VADEN TODD LEWIS DISCUSSES NEW ALBUM 'PLAY.ROCK.MUSIC' + MORE". Loudwire. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
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- FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!
- Toadies "Toadies - Summer of the Strange", YouTube, March 13, 2012.
- The Toadies Official Facebook Page , Facebook, January 7, 2014.
- The Toadies' Best Album is Getting Reissued: What's the Band's Legacy Now? , The Dallas Observer, January 8, 2014.
- The Toadies Official Facebook Page , Facebook, January 14, 2014.
- Rushing, Brenna (2014-09-14). "Toadies blow out the sound system at Fort Worth rock fest". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
- "Everclear, Toadies, American Hi-Fi and Fuel to Play Summerland 2015". anthemstatus.com. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
- Wilonsky, Robert (2015-06-29). "Your first sneak peek at the Toadies' "bizarre" new record, "Heretics," featuring new takes on old favorites". GuideLive (The Dallas Morning News). Retrieved 2015-08-05.
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- The Toadies official website
- Toadies at AllMusic
- Interview with Vaden Todd Lewis 11/14/2007
- Obnoxious Listeners: Toadies[dead link]
- New Times Broward-Palm Beach: Stand and Deliver