Toad The Wet Sprocket, the seminal 90's band, have announced via their official website that a brand new album will be landing on Tuesday, October 15th. The album, titled New Constellation will mark the first new music from the band since the group officially disbanded in 1998. Back in 2011, TTWS released All You Want, an anthology of newly-recorded versions of Toad hits (including "Walk On The Ocean", "Fall Down" and "Something's Always Wrong") as a response to finally regaining the publishing rights to their material written during the Columbia Records period.
This Summer, Toad released a single version of the title track, and posted it on Soundcloud, as well as their website, which was met with a ton of hits, and loving comments from their fanbase, who were so anxious for new music, they flocked to Toad's Kickstarter page to fund the upcoming release. Reviews have been generally favorable by fans - however, I found "New Constellation" to signal an aural direction for the band that's problematic.
Right out of the gate, the tune bears a striking similarity to The Cure, circa "Friday, I'm In Love", and lead vocalist Glen Phillips' voice has clearly been manipulated with electronically. A few of Toad's following have also picked up on this, and were not particularly pleased with the results. I reserve final judgment until the CD is available for review by the press. In the meantime, the reunited band have begun their North American tour, which stops by Beantown on November 1st at The Wilbur Theatre (which recently saw a reunited Waterboys perform there just this month.)
Would love to get feedback from Boston fans on their new single: what do you think? Thumbs up, down, or sideways?