As a proud member of the Interscope Records family, the Toadies were once described by the Dallas Morning News as, "the Pixies, if they secretly wanted to be Metallica." Formed in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1990, they released their first demo tape, Velvet, in 1992 and instantly garnered indie label attention. The Toadies were the first band signed to Dutch East India's Grass Records and released the CD Pleather and the 7-inch Mister Love in 1993. After a showcase at the Whiskey in Los Angeles, the group was signed on the spot by Interscope.
The Toadies are (besides loud and Texan): Todd Lewis; Clark Vogeler; Lisa Umbarger and Mark Reznicek. The band's 1994 Interscope debut, Rubberneck, enlisted some of the industry's top producers, including Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapt (Beck, Wool) and Andy Wallace, who worked on Nirvana's Nevermind and Helmet's Meantime.
The Toadies won the Dallas Observer Readers' Poll for Best Rock Act in '93 and '94 and Best Alternative Rock Act in `94. The band toured incessantly for almost two and a half years in support of Rubberneck, playing alongside bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Butthole Surfers, the Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers and Bush. The album went gold, and the band proceeded to contribute to soundtracks for movies such as Escape from L.A., The Cable Guy and The Crow -- City of Angels.
The band is currently working on a second Interscope album.