Sorry to disappoint any arcade fans today, but this post has nothing to do with video games. MAN you are OBSESSED with arcade games aren’t you?! Take off your Pac-Man PJ’s, put on some big boy clothes and get a life already.
One of my favorite bands – Toadies – has reformed, and is releasing a new album on August 19th titled “No Deliverance”. Here’s the new website for the album, which just went live:
I love this band. Their first major release album “Rubberneck” was released in 1994, and I had it on cassette (remember those?).
I wore this tape out. Back then, I thought I was cool and was in a band like 50% of you reading this. That band is still around, without me of course.
The Toadies were on tour for this album, and were coming to the Strand in Providence RI. I was planning on seeing them, and right before that date we got a gig at a tiny little club across the street called The Raven. Because of this, I couldn’t see them. We played there while they played across the street.
Just as we were about halfway through our set they must have finished because loads of drunken Toadies fans poured into the club we were playing at. They loved us. I think we could have played nursery rhymes on bagpipes and they would still have been into it. Alcohol seems to do that to people. Here’s some pictures from back then (I’m the bald dude):
OK….after 7 years, they finally released another album in 2001 – Hell Below Stars Above. This album took some getting used to, but I think that was because I had 7 years to get used to the first one.
I would say this album is just as good as the first, but has a slightly different feel to it. Go ahead and touch both cover images on your monitor to see what I mean (told you!).
Right after this album was released, the band broke up, citing differences with the bass player.
Since that breakup, Vaden Lewis (singer) started another band with a similar sound, called The Burden Brothers. I have their albums, and they are good. They are just not the same as the Toadies, however.
In recent years, the Toadies did some reunion shows in Texas. They finally got back together for good, and this new album will be released 7 years after their last one. They seem to like that timespan for some reason.
Here’s an article with some info on the new album. Here’s their official website, which will hopefully get updated soon.