Toadies Release Animated Video For ‘Broke Down Stupid’


Toadies Release Animated Video For ‘Broke Down Stupid’

On Tour Now – Hurricane Harvey Relief At Merch Tables + New Dates Added

 The Lower Side Of Uptown Out Now

“If you are looking for a hard-hitting, gutsy rock record that still maintains some catchiness, Toadies continue to deliver.”
ABC News
“Long-running Texas band the Toadies returns to the big, no-frills riff rock of its early days on its seventh album, The Lower Side of Uptown.”
“For over two decades, Toadies have been one of the most consistently solid rock acts, churning out underrated gems.”
“They’ve often been wrongly lumped in with the rest of the glut of grunge-lite bands that poured onto the charts post-Nevermind. As it turns out, they were nothing but a rock band all along. And even as rock ’n’ roll continues to get nudged into the margins, the practitioners that continue to do it well will always remain relevant.”
October 5th, 2017 Ft. Worth, TX: Toadies have unveiled the new animated video for the track‘Broke Down Stupid’ off their latest release The Lower Side Of Uptown (out Sept. 8th via Kirtland Records.) Guitarist Clark Vogeler on the song: “The story at the heart of Broke Down Stupid, the song, was born from the imagination (or was it memory?) of our singer, Vaden.  As the story goes, our narrator goes out and gets seriously f#%ked up, and subsequently creates quite a mess of things.  It’s a twisted story that deserves a twisted video.”  He adds: “It sounded to me as if the song was essentially about guilt and penance.  I imagined a scenario where our narrator has to face up for his transgressions before a court of law and a jury of his peers.  Listening to the song, the narrative pieces fell into place. There’s a woozy guitar riff that breaks up the parts of the song, and these spots lent themselves handily to scenes of our guy, wasted and on a destructive bender.”
The video was a collaborative effort Dallas-based artist Clay Stinnett and animator, Devin Ensz and edited by Vogeler who in addition to handling guitar duties for the Toadies, is an editor having worked on Top Chef, Project Greenlight and even nominated for an Emmy as part of the team on Project Runway.
“For over two decades, Toadies have been one of the most consistently solid rock acts, churning out underrated gems.”
Watch the video via YouTube here (Cleared for posting.)
Toadies are currently on a two month trek and in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the band will have donation boxes set up at their merch tables for Houston SPCA and Music Cares. Drummer Mark Reznicek talks about helping their neighbors:  “We’re heartbroken by the news and footage of the devastation fromHurricane Harvey on our fellow Texans. Among the victims of this horrific natural disaster are the many animals and pets displaced by the catastrophic floods. We will be accepting donations on behalf of the SPCA.” Guitarist Clark Vogeler adds: “This is a good opportunity for all of us to put aside our differences and help one another out. We’ve seen innumerable pictures and videos of people helping people deal with this disaster.  But we’ve also seen that there are many little critters that have been displaced from their homes and need our help as well.  So in addition to our contributions to Music Cares, we¹ve decided to contribute donations to the Houston SPCA and encourage you to help out wherever you see fit.”
The Lower Side Of Uptown is a ‘return to form’ as explained by frontman Vaden Todd Lewis: “This album is ‘roots Toadies, full of riffs and time shifts.’ The Lower Side Of Uptown is the follow up to 2015’s Heretics which saw the band taking a change of pace with a stripped down sound and mostly acoustic. When they were preparing to enter the studio this time around there was no set idea for what was to come but, the process ultimately had the band going back to their signature sound: “I feel that subconsciously we thought that this record would have ended up incorporating some of that quieter sound, but that didn’t happen. When we got to the studio with nothing more than a pile of riffs, what came out of the band was really loud and heavy music. So not only is this album louder than Heretics, I think it’s louder and heavier than the last couple Toadies albums” guitarist Clark Vogeler said of the sessions, which were recorded Arlyn Studio, a favorite of the legendary Willie Nelson, and The Bubble in Austin.
Preview the album over at All Music:
Since reuniting in 2008, after disbanding in 2001 Toadies have released 4 albums, played hundreds of shows and festivals, released 4 signature craft beers, and have been featured in an X-Men comic.In May they partnered with the Texas Rangers to release their own version of ‘Take Me To The Ballgame.’  This year, the band continues that busy streak with The Lower Side Of Uptown showcased on a cross-country tour over two months along with Chicago’s Local H. on the bill. The band are stoked to tour with an act they got to know at their own Dia De Los Toadies festival says drummer Mark ‘Rez’ Reznicek: “We’re super excited to be going on tour with Local H, a band we’ve long been fans of. We’ve wanted to tour with them for years, and it’s finally happening!”
Tour Dates:  More TBA
Oct.  4 – Grand Junction, CO   Mesa Theatre
Oct.  5 – Denver, CO                Gothic
Oct.  6 – Omaha, NE                Waiting Room
Oct.  7 – Des Moines, IA          Wooly’s
Oct.  8 – Minneapolis, MN        1st Ave.
Oct.  10 – Chicago, IL               Metro
Oct.  11 – Louisville, KY           Mercury
Oct.  12 – Indianapolis, IN        The Vogue
Oct.  13 – Detroit, MI                St. Andrews
Oct.  14 – Cleveland, OH         Grog Shop
Oct.  15 – Pittsburgh, PA          Rex
Oct.  17 – Washington DC        Black Cat
Oct.  18 – New York NY            Gramercy Theater
Oct.  19 – Philadelphia, PA       TLA
Oct.  20 – Boston, MA               Brighton SOLD OUT -Second late show added
Oct.  21 – Asbury Park, NJ       Stone Pony
Oct.  22 – Norfolk, VA               Norva
Oct.  24 – Durham, NC             Motorco
Oct.  25 – Charleston, SC        Music Farm
Oct.  26 – Atlanta, GA               Masquerade Hell
Oct.  27 – Orlando, FL              Plaza Live
Oct.  28 – Ft. Lauderdale          Culture Room
Oct.  29 – Tampa/St. Pete         Ritz
Oct.  31 – New Orleans, LA      Tipitinas
Nov.  4 – Carrolton, TX              Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard
Nov. 10 – Austin, TX                  Stubbs BBQ
Nov. 11 – Corpus Christi, TX     Brewster St. Icehouse
Dec. 26 – Shreveport, LA   Red River District Stage
Dec. 28 – San Antonio, TX   Aztec Theater
Dec. 29 – Houston, TX      House Of Blues
Dec. 30 – Ft. Worth, TX   Billy Bob’s

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