Toadies

The Rubberneck 20 Year Anniversary Tour

Toadies

The Supersuckers, Battleme

Wed, April 23, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Royale

Boston, MA

This event is 18 and over

Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

Toadies
Toadies
"There's a certain uneasiness to the Toadies," says Vaden Todd Lewis, succinctly and accurately describing his band quite a trick. The Texas band is, at its core, just a raw, commanding rock band. Imagine an ebony sphere with a corona that radiates impossibly darker, and a brilliant circular sliver of light around that. It's nebulous, but strangely distinct—and, shall we say incorrect. Or, as Lewis says, "wrong."

"Things are done a little askew [in the Toadies]," he says, searching for the right words. "There's just something wrong with it that's just really cool… and unique in a slightly uncomfortable way."

This sick, twisted essence was first exemplified on the band's 1994 debut, Rubberneck (Interscope). An intense, swirling vortex of guitar rock built around Lewis's "wrong" songs—like the smash single "Possum Kingdom,"
subject to as much speculation as what's in the Pulp Fiction briefcase, it rocketed to platinum status on the strength of that and two other singles, "Tyler" and "Away." Its success was due to the Toadies' organic sound and all-encompassing style, which they aimed to continue on their next album.

Perhaps in keeping with the uneasy vibe, that success didn't translate to label support when the Toadies submitted their second album, Feeler. Perhaps aptly, things in general just went wrong. It was the classic, cruel story: the label didn't 'get' it. "These were the songs we played live," says Rez. "It was pretty eclectic… different styles of heavy rock music—some fast, heavy punk rock songs and some slower, kinda mid-tempo stuff. I've never really been able to figure out what the beef was."
"We got approval for a record," says Lewis, "and somewhere in the process of handing over the masters to get mixed, it got unapproved. So we went back to the drawing board."

Eventually some of the Feeler tracks made it onto Hell Below/Stars Above—a sophomore offering that came seven years after Rubberneck. "It was a very weird, trying time," says Lewis, who didn't see the next blow—the sudden departure of bassist Lisa Umbarger—coming. "We went out on tour, and immediately the band split up," he laughs sardonically. "We kinda shot ourselves in the foot." They released a live album, Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise, and it was over.
Coming out of the Toadies, Lewis, guitarist Clark Vogeler and drummer Mark Reznicek were disillusioned. Vogeler went to work as a film editor, Rez hooked up with the country-western band Eleven Hundred Springs. Lewis initially thought, "Fuck this whole business. I'm gettin' out. I just wanted to do anything else."
Toadies fans, though accepting, stuck with them, often inquiring as to the band's activities. Says Lewis, "People just asked me "So, what are you doin' now?" Although he'd been "foolin' around" with Rev. Horton Heat drummer Taz Bentley, he answered, "I don't know. Nothin'. This, that and the other. Workin' around the house, workin' in the garage, just toolin' around." Soon it occurred to him that music was all he wanted to do. "I'm a musician. That's what I do, and I'm not happy not doing it."
Lewis and Bentley formed the Burden Brothers in 2002 and released a slew of EPs, two albums and a DVD while touring profusely. "I took some of the lessons I learned in the business and took off with that band," says Lewis, "and tried to apply that knowledge." That's how he wound up with Texas indie label Kirtland Records.

Meantime, "Possum Kingdom" never left the airwaves, enjoying constant rotation at major modern rock stations. Fans clamored for a Toadies reunion, which Lewis, Vogeler and Reznicek discovered wasn't such a remote possibility. "The band never went all the way away;" says Lewis. They regrouped in 2006 for a couple of sold-out shows around St. Patrick's Day, and again the next year for the same thing. In August 2007, when personnel changes with the Burden Brothers resulted in that band going on hiatus, Lewis began writing.

"I was pissed off again and wanted to keep goin'," he says. "I didn't know what I was writing, right out of the gate, but… it was just coming out very "Toadies."

Lewis called Rez and Vogeler and asked if they were interested in making another record. They were—and the Toadies officially reconvened, signing with Kirtland and recording No Deliverance with David Castell (Burden Brothers, Blue October) at Fort Worth Sound in Fort Worth, and Music Lane in Austin. Lewis says the band has gone for a "bare knuckle" sound, amping up the psychotic stomp heard on Rubberneck and Hell Below… on the grinding, relentless title track as well as the seething, death-of-a-romance gem "So Long Lovey Eyes" and the towering, sludgy "Man of Stone." The upshot is a taut, exhilarating listen that is quintessentially Toadies.

Lewis is stoked on "the freshness of this new record. I wrote it between first week of August and, what? About a month ago. Getting back into this, back into the feel of the Toadies, is cool. Lewis, Rez, Vogeler and new bass player Doni Blair (Hagfish, Only Crime) are optimistic that their indie incarnation will succeed, thanks to the support of their devout fans—and equally supportive label. "The music industry has changed so much," says Vogeler. "A band like us can be on an independent label and still get the music out to the people who want to hear it."

The Toadies are now free to pursue success on their own merit and muscle. And things are starting off nicely: On August 2, The Toadies will play Lollapalooza and, following the album's release, they'll embark on a nationwide tour offering old fans and those to come—as he recently told SPIN, "Balls. A ton of balls."

"Getting back to the bare knuckles element of the Toadies," continues Lewis, "is what I really enjoy, after being away from it for so long." Vogeler and Rez concur. "I'm here and still doin' it," furthers Vogeler, "because the music's good." And Rez proclaims in his thick Texas drawl, "The Toadies are back in business."
And suddenly, everything wrong is right.
The Supersuckers
The Supersuckers
"One of the few outfits that can call itself "The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band!" and actually get away with it, the Supersuckers eat Marshall stacks and cowboy hats and s**t out high-volume ass-kickery, Motörheading country music and Willie Nelsoning garage-punk better than virtually anyone else, ever."
– Philadelphia Weekly

ABOUT THE GREATEST ROCK N' ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD:
You've heard our name, you've seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers. We're probably the favorite band of someone you know and yet we're still a mystery to you. Well my friend, that's okay, I'm here to fill you in and help you to get to know the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world, The Supersuckers.

Our story is almost impossible to believe. This band is literally a human cartoon. We all grew up among the dead-ends and cactus needles of Tucson, Arizona and have known each other since grade school. We graduated from the same high school together at the same time (a school immortalized in our song "Santa Rita High") and we chose to play in a band together because we liked to hang out together, not because we were great musicians or anything. I truly believe that a band is defined by their limitations, that what they can't (or won't) do is just as important as what they can do. I guess that, in this era of pre-fabricated, put-together-to-have-a-hit bands, we're kind of an aberration and I gotta tell ya that that makes us smile a little every day.

We formed the band in 1988 and we were initially a five piece called The Black Supersuckers (a name found in some quality "adult literature" we had laying around in our impeccably clean band house), with me on bass, Dan "Thunder" Bolton and Rontrose Heathman on guitars, Dancing Eagle on drums and a lead singer by the name of Eric Martin. After firmly proving ourselves to be the best band in town we decided it was time to get out of Tucson and try our luck somewhere else. So we tossed a coin with heads as New Orleans and tails as Seattle. Tails it was and in May of '89 we packed up and went north.

We had no idea that Seattle was about to become "Rock Mecca USA" we just wanted to go somewhere where we could wear our leather jackets a little more often. It was exciting and encouraging to see all of the great bands there, doing their own thing and making some kick-ass, aggressive rock-n-roll that we could relate to, so we started recording immediately. After some classic "creative differences" with our lead singer, we decided to try it as a four piece with yours truly as the singer (I was the only one who knew all the words) and The Supersuckers, as you may or may not know them today, were born.

Our first recordings as a four-piece wound up on various singles for small labels and then were compiled for a C.D. called The Songs All Sound The Same. (For the full story on these recordings I highly recommend picking up the re-issued version on our own label, Mid-Fi Recordings). But it was our live shows that caught the eyes of the good people at Sub-Pop Records and, after a particularly scorching show one night, they offered to put out our records. We said, "Buy us some beer and you got a deal!" And our long and enduring rock-n-roll ride was officially under way.

Starting with 1992,s "The Smoke Of Hell", we released a total of three rock records for Sub-Pop as well as a country record (Must've Been High), split singles with Steve Earle and The Rev. Horton Heat, countless singles and a "best-of" double album. Then we ventured out into the muddy and troubled waters of the major labels where we were signed and dropped by Interscope Records before finally (crash) landing at Koch who (barely) put out another Supersuckers masterpiece, "The Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll" in late 1999. We've always toured our asses off all over the world and that has never stopped. We hit the road with bands like Mudhoney, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, The Ramones, Motorhead, The Toadies, The Butthole Surfers, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Dwarves, White Zombie and Pearl Jam. We've played a few Farm Aid shows and backed Willie Nelson on The Tonight Show. Our music has appeared in T.V. shows (Beverly Hills 90210, Viva La Bam, Simple Life, Road Rules Challenge, Real World, all that crap), Movies (Baseketball, Hype) and commercials (Mountain Dew) as well as countless snow and skateboarding video compilations.

Throughout this entire time, our sole mission has been to create and perform timeless, quality music and get as many people as possible to hear it. That goal has never changed. The pursuit of that perfectly imperfect rock-n-roll moment is all we've ever been after. We've been doing this for well over a decade now and we're just getting started.

2001 found us starting our own label; Mid-Fi Recordings. We've finally decided to take control of all of our affairs and have become a lean, mean, self managed, totally independent rock-n-roll machine. We've got the greatest fans in the world and no one cares more about them and our music than we do. Having our own label gives us the freedom to make more of our music available to them without the hassles of "the middle-man" worrying about things like "marketing" or "demographics". Hell, these are just hard words. All we want to do is get some kick-ass music out to the people and with Mid-Fi we have been able to do just that. Our first release was a live country record entitled "Must've Been Live", that came out in March, 2002. Since then, we have dug into our "private reserves" and released several singles of some our finest outtake stock (a habit we intend to keep), and we've also managed to pull off a couple of "split" singles with fellow under-appreciated rockers, the Hangmen, Throwrag and Zeke.

In 2003 we unleashed the impeccably titled, Motherfuckers Be Trippin', (April 22nd, 2003) on the world. It was the perfect follow up to The Evil Powers Of Rock N Roll, it spent a couple weeks on the Billboard Independent Charts and songs from it have been featured on MTV's Real World and Viva La Bam shows as well as countless ski and snowboard videos. We even managed to work a single (Rock N Records Ain't Selling this Year) to radio where it was #1 on the RnR Specialty Charts for 4 weeks in a row (whatever that is). We have since been able to keep the releases coming at a rate that could never be achieved with any other label. In addition to MFBT, we've released my first solo album, The Sauce, as well as a second version titled Extra Sauce which features the incredible Mickey Raphael from Willie Nelson's band playing harmonica all over it and my second solo record, Old No. 2 in October of 2005. We've also established the Mid-Fi Field Recordings series which has seen the release of three live Supersuckers records and two live DVDs and will hopefully be the vehicle for our first release by an artist other than the Supersuckers. (Perpetually on the menu is Mid-Fi Field Recordings, Vol.? which will feature one of the last performances by the criminally under-appreciated Zen Guerrilla on New Years Eve 2002. I dare say this is perhaps the greatest live recording of all time!) In the works is a remix version of Old No. 2, as well, which will blow some minds for sure!

Then in 2006 we had the release of what was planned to be a series of Supersuckers E.Ps. with "Paid", which was by far the best we had ever sounded up to that point. We planned on releasing it as an E.P. so that we could keep the music coming in steady bursts. We were tired of seeing these artists release full length albums with two good songs on 'em and we wanted to be the trendsetters (once again) and show everyone a new way to get the good stuff to the peoples! We thought we'd be cranking out a few of these E.P.s and, if we had to, then we'd slap together a full length from 'em with a few new ones thrown in as well. That's the way they did it in the Fifties and Sixties and we thought that, with the way people are buying their music these days, it'd be the way to go again. Well, we were a little off in that thinking and that leads us to "Get It Together".

"Get It Together" is the brand-spanking new, FULL LENGTH record from the Supersuckers and it is far and away the most awesome thing we've ever recorded. Once again teaming up with the man who brought "Paid" to life, the incomparable Mr. Billy Joe Bowers, the band has never sounded so good. Faced with the somewhat anemic response to the E.P. format, the band decided to forego the idea of putting out several of them and went ahead and recorded enough songs for a full length. (Our first since 2003's, Motherfuckers Be Trippin'. Wow, has it really been that long?!?) Still including some of the "hits" from the Paid E.P., "Get It Together" features 12 solid new slabs of the hard hitting Supersuckers sound you've come to know and love as well as some new looks into our collective psyche. One of the biggest reasons the band has never sounded so good is the recent addition of Scott Churilla as the newest member of the Supersuckers family on the drums. You may or may not be aware that, since the 2004 departure of our original drummer, we've had a rotating cast of characters behind the drums for us. It was all very "Spinal Tap" and fun for a while but we're so happy to have it all behind us and be able to call ourselves a first class, four-piece rock and roll band once again. You may know Scott from his 10+ years as the drummer for The Reverend Horton Heat. He's absolutely incredible and we are way better than ever with him back there. And his skills are up front and center for all the world to hear on "Get It Together", available at the end of November, 2008!

WHEW! That's a lot to take in and it barely scratches the surface of all that we've done and plan to do. So, the next time you see The Supersuckers name, whether it's in the record store or on the marquee at your local nightclub, know that there's some quality, honest, ass-kicking, hard working individuals in there, trying to make your life a little better through the "Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll" (and the occasional detour into the country of course) and we'd love nothing better than to have you there with us as we "Get It Together"! Just remember to wear you clean underwear, because we're gonna rock your pants right off of you.

Rawkously Yours,
Eddie Spaghetti.

Crowning achievements of rock-n-roll glory:

Performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" backing Willie Nelson.
Played Woodstock 2000
Played Reading/Leeds festivals
Toured extensively throughout the world including Russia, Japan, Australia, etc…
Recorded with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, Kelley Deal of The Breeders.
Toured with Pearl Jam, Ramones, Social Distortion, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Kelly Clarkson, 50 Cent, Neil Diamond, you name 'em, we've toured with 'em!

Testimonials on the Supersuckers:
If you don't like the Supersuckers, you don't like Rock-N-Roll.
-Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead

They played my birthday party. They rock!
-Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam

Every time I hear the word 'Supersucker,' I'm reminded of an older gentleman who went into the strip bar and the hooker c'm dancing up to him and said 'Superpussy!' and he said 'Soup, please.'
-Willie Nelson

Supersuckers…I love the Supersuckers, our whole band loves you guys!
-Robin Zander from Cheap Trick

The Supersuckers understand that great rock and great country are, at least on a spiritual level, exactly the same thing. Rock on, boys.
-Steve Earle

The Supersuckers rock ferociously whenever they feel like it and what really matters is ending this sentence with an exclamation point!
-Little Steven Van Zandt, E Street Band, Little Steven's Underground Garage

Supersuckers... Everyone knows the Supersuckers
-Elijah Wood (SXSW 2008)

The Supersuckers are hands down one of the best rock n roll bands around today!
-Reverend Horton Heat

Stop listening to the radio and buy a Supersuckers cd fool!
-Mike Ness

What type of music does the SUPERSUCKERS play ?. Its called Rock n Roll. What do they do live? Put on a rock show, and they do it better than the rest. I NEVER tire of their music and the Supersuckers are the bands that will make me get up off my ass to go see live and stand in up front in the crowd the whole show.... SUPERSUCKERS are THE Rock Band.
-Riki Rachtman

The Supersuckers do NOT super suck!
-Bam

Everytime i go skateboarding i always rock the supersuckers in my iPod...
-wee-man

Supersuckers! The hardest working Rock N Roll band in America. I know this because they are in my town every other month in a van. I get tired just watching them. I'm not worthy to be in a rock band! I quit!!!!!
-Kevin from Lit/Good Man Down

The Supersuckers kick ass. If you want to see a real rock n' roll band, do not miss them.
-Randy Gibbs from the US Ski Team
Battleme
Battleme
How does the story start and where will it end? Re-birth and re-discovery have been common themes to describe

the inside psyche of Matt Drenik’s Battleme. 3 years ago Drenik was the lead singer of Austin, TX based psyche

rock band, Lions. They had just released their first record in the UK and were touring with a reunited Monster

Magnet. Then he got sick. And fought. And now his solo project, Battleme, is finding its audience. It all began with

a haunting cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My” for FX’s Sons of Anarchy. A week after its digital release,

Drenik’s Battleme found itself in the Itunes Top 20 charts. A few months later, he cut a record with Ghostland Observatory’s Thomas Turner and the single “Touch” premiered on MTV Buzzworthy. The Atlantic, RCRD LBL, and MTV Hive quickly featured the track and the Washington Post claimed it as being “a career maker.” Within a few months of the record’s release, Drenik had formed a fledging new live band in Portland, OR. First it was a KEXP in studio session, then an appearance at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party. A west coast tour followed with an appearance at LA’s Lobster Fest. The album track “Shoot the Noise” was picked to soundtrack the upcoming EA Sports NHL 13 video game. And Battleme’s first headlining Portland date was recently previewed by the Willamette Weekly as, “…a continuous string of battles and triumphs. And they’re pretty damn good.” This is only the beginning.

Growing up in the Cincinnati suburbs with two older brothers, Matt Drenik was always influenced by his environment. One brother was in a noise band, the other with a keen taking towards New Wave. “You had the Jesus Lizard in one room and The The in the other. I was just a kid. I didn’t understand the difference between the two.” While he didn’t understand the differences, these would be key stepping stones in his evolution.

Battleme really began in 2009 on accident when Drenik was diagnosed with uvetis, an auto immune disease that affects the eyes of which there is no known cause or cure. At the time of his diagnosis, Matt was coming off of four years recording and touring with Lions who exploded noise and energy – touring nationally and internationally with the likes of the Toadies, Local H, and Monster Magnet. Fans gravitated towards their raucous live shows as spectacles of Drenik’s heavy state of mind.

After he got sick, things began to change. “It was time to go somewhere else.” He dove back in to the things he grew up on. The Stones, Flaming Lips, Beck, Townes Van Zandt went running through the walls and Drenik wrote. He turned his thoughts to songwriting. He asked himself questions like, “what would Bob Pollard do?” This was where he gave in to a re-birth. “I wanted something different. And I didn’t have anyone telling me what rules I had to go by.”

Wanting a change, Drenik moved to Portland, OR in the summer of 2010. He spent the next several months recording over 40 songs in his girlfriend’s basement, bending from one genre to the next. He eventually narrowed them down to an 11 song record. After burning a few CDs for friends, Thomas Turner from Ghostland Observatory got a copy and responded. Drenik thought Turner might offer him a show with Ghostland. Instead, Turner asked to produce the record and put it out on his print, Trashy Moped Recordings.For months, the two lived and breathed the songs. They sent mixes back and forth, collaborating on every aspect of the sound. Drenik’s songs took on new forms – powerful hooks, bottom heavy grooves, and ethereal textures blended effortlessly with drifting, falsetto vocals to create an adventurous mix of post-modern rock and soul that would come to define the record. Synthesizers generate “Touch.” A solitary guitar builds into a wall on “Trouble.”

The cosmic call to kill the quiet in “Wire” gives way to the sweet satisfaction of a “Killer High.” Genres coalesce, dividing lines disappear, and Battleme allows the sounds to create their own field of vision. A view from the other side. Songs with no boundaries.

And now Battleme, residing in Portland, OR is figuring out just what to do.
Venue Information:
Royale
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA, 02116
http://royaleboston.com/