Social Distortion and Toadies to Tour


Story by Cat Badra

Toadies ready new EP and announce U.S. tour dates with Social Distortion

“Possum Kingdom” alternative rock band Toadies are still swapping post-grunge riffs, and the ’90s band have announced a new EP and a North American tour with Social Distortion starting in April. The EP, “Play.Rock.Music.” is scheduled to come out May 8. The guys recorded it at the Bubble in Austin with production with by Chris “Frenchie” Smith.

Toadies frontman Vaden Todd Lewis says to brace yourself for some of the “strangest and catchiest stuff I’ve ever written” on the album, adding that he had “fun experimenting with some new sounds and variations for this EP.”

Guitarist Clark Vogeler added to Lewis’ sentiments. He’s “anxious for people” to check out the new songs. “The new EP definitely still sounds like Toadies, but the way Todd writes and the way we play has continued to evolve,” he said in an official statement. “The lyrics that Todd wrote for this record are some of his best while the overall delivery vocally and musically show more teeth than usual. This is also the first time that we’ve had Doni Blair play bass on a record and he’s just a machine, so I think this record sounds more like a band than the previous couple.”

If you ask Toadies, touring with longstanding Los Angeles punkers Social Distortion is a picture-perfect fit. “The Toadies haven’t toured as opener in over 15 years. I couldn’t think of a better band to tour with, short of ZZ Top or AC/DC,” guitarist Clark Vogeler said. “I’m looking forward to playing some of these bigger venues we haven’t played before and hitting a few cities in Canada that I’ve never been to. it will be interesting to play 45 minute sets compared to the 90 minutes we usually do. It will be like get in, rock them hard, then get out, all by 10:00!”

The Toadies and Social Distortion 2012 Tour Dates (Additional TBA):

4/10 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland
4/12 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland
4/13 — Seattle, Wash. — Paramount Theater
4/14 — Kennewick, Wash. — Paramount Theater
4/16 — Vancouver — Commodore
4/17 — Vancouver — Commodore
4/19 — Calgary — MacEwan Hall
4/20 — Edmonton — Events Centre
4/23 — Winnipeg– Burton Cummings
4/26 — Minneapolis, Minn. — First Ave
4/27 — Minneapolis, Minn. — First Ave
4/28 — St. Louis, Mo. — Pop’s
5/1 — Memphis, Tenn. — Minglewood Hall
5/2 — Little Rock, Ark. — Juanita’s (Headline Date)
5/5 — Corpus Christi, Texas — Concrete Street
5/8 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Diamond Ballroom
5/10 — Boulder, Colo. — Boulder Theater
5/11 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
5/14 — Boise, Ida. — Knitting Factory
5/15 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory
5/16 — Bend, Ore. — Midtown
5/18 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory
5/20 — Pozo, Calif. — Pozo Saloon


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