Toad the Wet Sprocket is a alternative rock band that flourished during the nineties. They have managed to make a significant comeback in the past couple of years and there’s a good reason why. Despite their breakup in 1997 that lasted for about 10 years, Toad the Wet Sprocket has managed to keep all four original members of the band. The band has produced six studio albums since their formation in 1986; the most recent album New Constellation was released in 2013 and quickly climbed to number 97 on the Billboard 200 chart, an impressive feat for a band of their age especially considering this was their first album release since 1997. The band began touring again in 2013 and has since then been hitting the stage full of energy and ready to show the crowd that they are not a burned out, nostalgic nineties band. This current tour is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Coil, a rather popular album that did not get much live play due to their disbandment following the release of the album in 1997. The band is playing the album start to finish which has fans ecstatic to say the least.
If you enjoy the nostalgic nineties sound of bands like Counting Crows, Tonic, or the Gin Blossoms you will definitely enjoy Toad the Wet Sprocket. Just about any nineties playlist you come across will include their hits “All I Want” and “Walk On The Ocean,” two of the band’s most popular songs off of their platinum record Fear released in 1991. Anytime I think of the nineties Toad comes to mind, especially their song “Little Heaven” featured in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack and “Hey Bulldog” featured in the I Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack. Their list of hits goes on and on. I was like most people of our generation in the sense that I had not delved into Toad’s music any further than their hit songs that I had heard on the radio, but once I got word of them coming to town I decided to dig a little deeper into their discography and was pleasantly surprised with what I heard. One of my favorite tunes off of their most recent album is the laid back, soft rock song, “California Wasted.” There really wasn’t a song I came across that I did not like. If you haven’t done so already I highly recommend popping in some headphones and putting Toad the Wet Sprocket on shuffle, or better yet come out to their show this Saturday evening at the Music Hall in downtown Charleston. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.