2014 MARKS TOAD THE WET SPROCKET’S 25th ANNIVERSARY: THE BAND ADDS TOUR DATES, INCLUDING SXSW 2014
TOAD THE WET SPROCKET’S SINGLE, “THE MOMENT” IS THE #1 MOST ADDED SINGLE IN AAA RADIO
|Left to right: Randy Guss, Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols, Dean Dinning|
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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s first single for 2014, “The Moment” is the #1 most added single in AAA Radio this week. They have started the year off strong as they continue to add more tour dates including shows in Santa Cruz, Fresno and Napa. This year marks the band’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of forming. They will be celebrating with continued tour dates and events, including their first trip to South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
The band best known for charting on Billboard with their beloved hits, “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down” are enthusiastic as ever after an incredible 2013: from experiencing the astounding fan support to release New Constellation through a Kickstarter that was funded in under 24 hours, touring coast-to-coast and appearing in headlines all over the globe, Toad is back. Continuing to collect fans, old and new, Toad will be on the road for dates up and down the West Coast, announcing 13 shows and counting.
TOAD THE WET SPROCKET ON TOUR
Jan 29- TEMPE, AZ- Marquee Theatre
Jan 30- FLAGSTAFF, AZ- Orpheum Theater
Jan 31- SALT LAKE CITY, UT- The Depot
Feb 1- STATELINE, NV- South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Feb 3- EUGENE, OR- WOW Hall, Community Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 5- BEND, OR- Tower Theatre
Feb 6- PORTLAND, OR- Aladdin Theater
Feb 7- SPOKANE, WA- The Bing Crosby Theatre
Feb 8- SEATLLE, WA- The Showbox
May 1- SANTA CRUZ, CA- The Catalyst
May 2- FRESNO, CA- Tower Theatre
May 3- NAPA, CA- The Uptown Theatre
May 4- SACRAMENTO, CA- Harlow’s
About Toad The Wet Sprocket’s 2013 release, New Constellation
New Constellation brings all of the sincerity of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s early catalog into the present, with a collection of songs that seamlessly picks up where the band left off in 1997, while also showcasing the band members' individual growth as songwriters and musicians since then.
The same creative curiosity that inspired the band to form in 1986 and then to branch out in different directions in 1998 has brought them full circle to come back together again. As Glen Phillips put it, "At some point we would play shows and remember not why we'd broken up, but why we got together in the first place. That made it possible and exciting to move forward again." The result is New Constellation, an album of 11 new songs produced by Mikal Blue.
Bassist Dean Dinning says, "The idea to make this record was born out of the fact that we are really enjoying playing live together again- and adding new songs into the set just makes it that much better.” Phillips added, "We've all been making music outside of the band for a while now. It's amazing to get back together and incorporate all we've learned in the last years but immediately hear the sonic signature that is essentially 'Toad' re-emerge."
Toad’s new single and title track, “New Constellation” premiered on Rolling Stone’s site June 5th, 2013, launching the Kickstarter campaign. In a statement about the track, Glen Phillips said, “After not having recorded as Toad the Wet Sprocket for over 16 years, we finally decided to make a new record for our fans. "New Constellation" was the very first new song written specifically for the band. After a decade in the folk/singer/songwriter world it was exciting to write with the band in mind. I wanted come up with material that would respect our origins but also respect everything we'd learned in the intervening years. The lyric veers from outer space to patron saints to depression to heroic gestures of love in a quick three minute pop song.”
PRAISE FOR NEW CONSTELLATION:
“ ‘New Constellation’ rides a simple guitar and vocal melody adorned with chimes into a shimmering, devotional chorus that recalls the halcyon days of college rock sing-alongs.” Rolling Stone
“That the band in question is not only one of the greatest hit-machines of the “alternative nation,” but well worth revisiting...This band — one you may have overlooked 10-odd years ago — is giving you ample opportunity to catch the rerun. So we advise, friends, that you take it.” - MTV Hive
“From the album's revelling opener to the more contemplative track, "The Moment," it is clear that the band has fully returned..."New Constellation" continues to build this Santa Barbara, Calif., band's legacy. It doesn't sound like 15 years passed between records, and here's hoping there will be more albums to come. From the fan response, it is evident Toad the Wet Sprocket never should have stopped making records together in the first place. Welcome back.” - ABC News
“The fantastic record picks up where the band’s career left off in the late ’90s; its acoustic-electric guitar blends, lyrical introspection and longing harmonies feel timeless, not nostalgic.”- Salon
“[New Constellation is] an 11-song cycle that sounds comfortable in its own skin. Sporting an immaculate production by Mikal Blue, the album is dense with sonic nuance, sublimely executed vocal harmonies, and expert performances...the record marks a welcome return to the heart-on-the-sleeve sincerity that marks the band's best work.” - Talkhouse
Read more about the Kickstarter Campaignon Billboard.com (http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1567367/toad-the-wet-sprocket-caught-off-guard-by-fan-support-for-new-album)