After bursting onto the national scene with their breakthrough Rubberneck album, which begat their signature single “Possum Kingdom,” the successful follow-up single “Away” and the immense fan favorite “Tyler,” Toadies have recently revisited their platinum-selling 1994 debut with a 20th anniversary reissue of the album.
The Toadies remain raw. Vaden Todd Lewis still sings as though he’s on the precipice of insanity, clinging tenaciously but perhaps already plummeting. Lewis’s and Clark Vogeler’s guitars rip and tear like thick fingernails at supple flesh. Mark Reznicek and bass player Doni Blair (who joined the band in 2008) fuel the fury with relentless, seething rhythm.