This past August, I reviewed the band's wonderful show in OC (see it elsewhere on the blog). Read more about upcoming events...
Toad the Wet Sprocket will do a homecoming area in-store performance at Salzer's Records in Ventura next Tuesday to celebrate the release of New Constellation - their first new album in 16 years.
New Constellation brings all of the sincerity of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s early catalog into the present, with a collection of songs that seamlessly picks up where the band left off in 1997, while also showcasing the band members' individual growth as songwriters and musicians since then.
The same creative curiosity that inspired the band to form in 1986 and then to branch out in different directions in 1998 has brought them full circle to come back together again. As Glen Phillips put it, "At some point we would play shows and remember not why we'd broken up, but why we got together in the first place. That made it possible and exciting to move forward again." The result is New Constellation, an album of 11 new songs produced by Mikal Blue.
Bassist Dean Dinning says, "The idea to make this record was born out of the fact that we are really enjoying playing live together again- and adding new songs into the set just makes it that much better.”
Phillips added, "We've all been making music outside of the band for a while now. It's amazing to get back together and incorporate all we've learned in the last years but immediately hear the sonic signature that is essentially 'Toad' re-emerge."
Toad’s new single and title track, “New Constellation” premiered over the summer and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign.
In a statement about the track, Glen Phillips said, “After not having recorded as Toad the Wet Sprocket for over 16 years, we finally decided to make a new record for our fans. "New Constellation" was the very first new song written specifically for the band. After a decade in the folk/singer/songwriter world it was exciting to write with the band in mind. I wanted come up with material that would respect our origins but also respect everything we'd learned in the intervening years. The lyric veers from outer space to patron saints to depression to heroic gestures of love in a quick three minute pop song.”
Salzer's Records is located at 5577 Valentine Rd, Intersection of Hwy 101 and Victoria Offramp, Ventura, CA.
Upcoming tour dates
Friday - 11/01/2013 - BOSTON, MA - Wilbur Theatre
Saturday - 11/02/2013 - RIDGEFIELD, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
Sunday - 11/03/2013 - ALBANY, NY - The College of Saint Rose, Massry Center for the Arts
Wednesday - 11/06/2013 - NEW YORK, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
Thursday - 11/07/2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - 9:30 Club
Friday - 11/08/2013 - ENGLEWOOD, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
Saturday - 11/09/2013 - GLENSIDE, PA - Keswick Theatre
Monday - 11/11/2013 - PITTSBURGH, PA - Altar Bar
Wednesday - 11/13/2013 - KENT, OH - The Kent Stage
Thursday - 11/14/2013 - ROYAL OAK, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
Friday - 11/15/2013 - LOUISVILLE, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Saturday - 11/16/2013 - CHICAGO, IL - The Vic Theatre
Sunday- 11/17/2013- DAYTROTTER RECORDING
Monday - 11/18/2013- BLOOMINGTON, IN - The Bluebird
Tuesday- 11/19/2013- CINCINNATI, OH- 20th Century Theater
Thursday - 11/21/2013 - MILWAUKEE, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
Friday - 11/22/2013 - MADISON, WI - Majestic Theatre
Saturday - 11/23/2013 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Mill City Nights