With 1995's Rubberneck, the Toadies became radio mainstays across the country and hard-rock icons at home in North Texas. But somehow they couldn't keep the attention of label Interscope Records. As was the plan, the band went into the studio, sure enough — but the Interscope higher-ups didn't approve of Feeler, the disc the Toadies recorded and hoped to release in 1998 as the follow-up to the record that spawned classics "Possum Kingdom," "Tyler" and "I Come from the Water." Guitarist Clark Voegler, who joined the band just in time to record Feeler, says the album captured the Toadies "at its purest form." Not surprisingly, Feeler remained a bug in the Toadies' collective ear. And this month, 13 years after the fact, with Interscope's ownership of Feeler's songs now expired, the band — which reunited in 2008 to release No Deliverance on DFW indie label Kirtland Records — returned to the studio to give the songs another whirl. (The Toadies retained rights to the songs, but Interscope remains in control of the recordings.) In August, the band finally will release the disc, first as a digital download and later in standard compact-disc form.
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