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Toadies share “Broke Down Stupid” from new album The Lower Side of Uptown: Stream

Lead single from the band's seventh album harkens back to their first

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    Photo by Matt Cooper

    Toadies are set to return with their seventh studio album, The Lower Side of Uptown, on September 8th via Kirtland Records. The alternative stalwarts’ fifth effort since reuniting in 2006, this latest record finds the band harkening back to their 1994 debut, Rubberneck — even if that wasn’t their initial intention.

    “I feel that subconsciously we thought that this record would have ended up incorporating some of that quieter sound, but that didn’t happen,” guitarist Clark Vogeler said in a statement. “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 [2015’s] Heretics, I think it’s louder and heavier than the last couple Toadies albums.”

    That case is made clear on the album’s lead single, “Broke Down Stupid”. The riffs are dizzying in their slog, like a drunk tethered to a stake, dragging himself through circles in the mud. It would almost be amusing if it weren’t so dismal looking, which goes just as well for the track. There are moments of what sound like redemption before guitar slides drop everything back into self-flagellation. “And i hang my head out the window/ Watch the pavement spinning past my face,” sings an angry and dejected Vaden Todd Lewis. “I wonder if I woke up on your pillow/ Would my head my head feel this way?”

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    “‘Broke Down Stupid’ is a song that could’ve appeared on Rubberneck,” drummer Mark Reznicek tells Consequence of Sound. “But it was so goddamn ahead of its time, it took until 2017 to really make sense.” Take a listen to the killer track below.

    Toadies will celebrate the release of The Lower Side of Uptown with their 10th annual Dia De Los Toadies festival on September 16th at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas. Their tourmates Local H will be with them for the event, and you can find their complete itinerary below.

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    Toadies 2017 Tour Dates:
    09/06 – Denton, TX @ Rockin Rodeo
    09/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
    09/08 – Kansas City, MO @ KRBZ Beach Ball
    09/09 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar
    09/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
    09/12 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
    09/13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
    09/14 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy
    09/16 – Possum Kingdom Lake, TX @ Possum Hollow (Dia De Los Toadies)
    09/19 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
    09/20 – Tucson, AZ @ Congress
    09/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
    09/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent
    09/23 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
    09/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
    09/26 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
    09/27 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theater
    09/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
    09/30 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
    10/01 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
    10/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
    10/04 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre
    10/05 – Denver, CO @ Gothic
    10/06 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
    10/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
    10/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ 1st Ave.
    10/10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    10/11 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury
    10/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
    10/13 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
    10/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
    10/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex
    10/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    10/18 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
    10/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
    10/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    10/21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
    10/22 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
    10/24 – Durham, NC @ Motorco
    10/25 – Wilmington, NC @ The Muse
    10/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Hell
    10/27 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
    10/28 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    10/29 – Tampa, FL @ Ritz
    10/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas
    11/04 – Carrolton, TX @ Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard
    11/10 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ

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