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Toadies Biography

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Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Years Active: 1989-2001, 2006-Present
Genres: Grunge, Post-grunge

Toadies are an alternative rock band from Fort Worth, and are well-known for their song “Possum Kingdom.” The band came together in 1989 when vocalist Todd Lewis, drummer Mark Reznicek, bass player Lisa Umbarger, and guitarist Darrel Herbert decided to make some noise. The band disbanded in 2001 after Umbarger left the group, but reformed in 2008.

The band began jamming together and played a number of local shows in and around the Texas area before being signed to Interscope Records. The band's debut album, “Rubberneck” arrived in 1994, and produced the hit single “Possum Kingdom.” Toadies hit the road and spent most of the remaining 1990s on tour with bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, White Zombie, Bush and The Butthole Surfers. The band also secured headlining slots with the Supersuckers, and The Reverend Horton Heat.

1997 saw the band go back into the studio to work on their second offering, “Feeler,” which the record label rejected and refused to release. The band went back into the studio and in 2001 they released “Hell Below/Stars Above,” which was met with poor responses and low sales. The band parted ways shortly after the release of the album, in the wake of Umbarger's departure.

2006 saw Toadies play a reunion show for a St. Patrick's Day parade concert. By 2007 the band set out on a mini reunion tour, playing dates in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. The band's third studio album, “No Deliverance” arrived in 2008 on Kirtland Records. 2010 saw the album, “Feeler” finally be released, and an announcement that the band's fifth album, “Play.Rock.Music,” is on its way.