The Toadies have a new studio album coming out on September 18th. Technically. Don’t get me wrong, we’re excited. The setup is just equal parts weird and cool, much like the band itself. The album is called Heretics, and it’s comprised of some entirely new songs, a never-before-recorded rarity, a new cover, and a bunch of classic songs completely re-worked, deconstructed, and re-arranged. It sounds like it leans acoustic, but we haven’t heard it yet. Everything we know is below.
In the meantime, we do have something to help hold you over, completely unbeknownst to the band:
I’d been meaning to share this outtake from the band’s Antiquiet Session, Magic Bullet performed acoustically. The song is not on Heretics or anything. Heretics probably won’t sound like this. I’ve just been playing the hell out of the session master tapes over the past couple of months as part of a big Toadies kick, and before I had a chance to drop it out of the clear blue sky, I got a package from the band with these details on the new album, and some “review copies” of their new beer, Bockslider.
I don’t know. Maybe they were meant to be souvenirs? But I chilled & drank them. My review: Overall, what you’d expect from a heller bock (whether this is a true heller or some kind of hybrid, I’m not sure). It’s a little more bitter than, say, a Shiner, but by no means is it too hoppy. That’s a relief, in a microbrew landscape, at least here in California, where everything is just some variation of an IPA. Maybe you’re an IPA-loving McLovin, but there have got to be some options for the rest of us. It’s a little thick, a little nutty. In a blind test, you might even mistake it for a stout. But the aftertaste is calm, and I would definitely order this out in Texas if it was a choice between Lone Star and domestic Pilsners otherwise. At 5.6% alc./vol., two will give you a buzz. If the band had sent me more, I could tell you how many will get you hammered. But oh well.
The Heretics tracklist is as follows. Again, each of these are entirely new recordings the band did in LA, with Rubberneck producer Rob Schnapf. The album also features guest appearances from Sarah Jaffe, Will Johnson, Matt Hillyer, The Honeybears Horns, and Mickey Raphael.
1. In The Belly Of The Whale (New)
3. Beside You
4. Queen Of Scars (New)
5. Rattler’s Revival
6. Heart Of Glass (Blondie Cover)
7. Possum Kingdom
8. The Appeal
11. Jigsaw Girl
12. Send You To Heaven
The Toadies are on the Summerland Tour through September, then will do Dia De Los Toadies in Fort Worth September 11-12, and tour Heretics in the fall.
Bockslider is available now in Texas.