Toadies' Rubberneck Rocks Like a Motherfucker

Now you might be thinking this about Toad the Wet Sprocket, whose House of

Toad thing has been at the top of the "Music News of the World" index page

for weeks and weeks. But no, this isn't about that group of Toads. Recently,

we've been deep in the hard, heavy grind rock of none other than toadies.

This Dallas, Texas band is like a sledgehammer smashing through your front

door. Modern Rock radio has been rockin' with "Possum Kingdom," which may be

sung from the point of view of a killer, what with lines like "Behind the

boathouse/ I'll show you my dark secret/...Do you wanna die? Do you wanna

die?" There's some Vedder in singer/guitarist Todd Lewis, but toadies rock

harder and noisier than Pearl Jam. Still, it's hard to imagine anyone who

digs Pearl Jam and Silverchair not groovin' to toadies' very cool album,

Rubberneck. Although the album was released last year, it's

only now getting the radio play and attention it deserves. Hate to say it,

but at ATN we only got hip to toadies because ace Hot Wired dude David Hyman

told us we'd better check it out--or else. We did, it's cool, the rest

is..... Just so you'll know something about these guys if anyone asks, we'll

tell you this about Todd Lewis. He was apparently raised in an extremely

religious home. Married at 19, his wife left him six months later. "I gave

the whole thing a try and it didn't work out, so I left the whole thing,"

Lewis told the Dallas Observer, and he was talkin' about both

religion and marriage. So perhaps the ominous, dark mood that hangs

over toadies music is a reaction to his religious upbringing. It wouldn't be

the first time.