Thursday, June 06, 2013

Toad the Wet Sprocket to return to 'New Constellation' on September 17, 2013

How excited am I by the return of Toad the Wet Sprocket? Very excited. One of my favorite rock bands to emerge in the 1990s, the group is set to release its first new full-length studio album in more than 15 years on September 17. Just hearing the title track via the link below is pure joy for fans of the legendary quartet. Here is the official media release.

Bilboard-Charting Band Announcing Extensive Run of U.S. Summer Tour Dates as They Put the Finishing Touches on The First All-New Toad The Wet Sprocket Album in 16 Years
Toad the Wet Sprocket. Photo by Rob Shanahan
Toad the Wet Sprocket, the band famed for such Billboard-charting hits as “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down” has been back in the studio again, recording their first album together in 16 years. 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 Constellationan album of new material produced by Mikal Blue and being released on the band’s label, Abe’s Records, September 17th, 2013. 

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."
Today, the band’s first single from the album and title track “New Constellation” premiered on Rolling Stone’s site. 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. We hope you like it.”
Stay tuned for further details and events. Toad will be touring throughout the year, and continuing into 2014.
Toad The Wet Sprocket on Tour:
6/05- BALTIMORE, MD- Sound Stage Baltimore
6/06- NEW YORK, NY- Hard Rock Café- Willie Nelson’s Birthday Celebration
6/07- NEW YORK, NY- 4pm- Live Taping with Rich Russo,
Anything Anything Interview Event at Bowery Electric
6/08- BROOKLYN, NY- Brooklyn Bowl
6/09- WILMINGTON, DE- World Café Live at The Queen
7/12- CHATTANOOGA, TN- Track 29
7/13- PEACHTREE CITY, GA- Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
7/14- KNOXVILLE, TN- Bijou Theatre
7/15- ASHEVILLE, NC- The Orange Peel
7/18- VIRGINIA BEACH, VA- Neptune’s Park at 31st Street
7/19- CHARLOTTE, NC- Neighborhood Theatre
7/24- PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL- Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
7/25- ORLANDO, FL- Hard Rock Orlando
7/26- FT. LAUDERDALE, FL- Culture Room
7/27- ST. PETERSBURG, FL- The State Theatre
8/08- SANTA FE, NM- Sol
8/09- ARVADA, CO- Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
8/10- BOULDER, CO- Chautauqua Auditorium
8/11- BRECKENRIDGE, CO- Riverwalk Center
8/17- SILOAM SPRINGS, OK- Seven- Cherokee Casino & Hotel
8/22- SARATOGA, CA- The Mountain Winery
8/24- SAN DIEGO, CA- Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay

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