For the Toadies, a Fresh Start

Success has never come easy for the Toadies, but the Fort Worth-based rock band is back with its fifth studio album Play. Rock. Music.
Mon July 9, 2012 9:35 pm
Matt Cooper

Less than thirty days before his band’s new album was set to hit stores, Vaden Todd Lewis of the Toadies was holed up in his Fort Worth living room listening to the most recent version closely for imperfections. With his stamp of approval, the album will be manufactured and shipped just in time for a July 31 release.

“There was a lot of pressure to listen to the masters, but I was bummed for a bit because I was working while my daughter was in the other room playing,” said Lewis, who has been the Toadies’ singer and bandleader since they began in Fort Worth in 1989. “At the same time, I’m sitting at home listening to loud music. That’s me working. Every time I realize I get to do this for a living, I just grin.”

Lewis has not always been known for smiling. In fact, if you watched MTV in the mid-’90s, you probably remember the intensity with which he asked “Do you wanna die?” in the video for the

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