Friday Night: The Toadies At Warehouse Live

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The Toadies use a lot of cut time signatures in their music. "Possum Kingdom" is a perfect example. They aren't just playing the same riff over and over; they're cutting it and extending it, coming in early and late on lyrics as they see fit, depending on whether they want to accentuate the lyrics or the instruments. It changes from song to song, but the style can be found in most of their songs.

It is this kind of approach to music that gives the band an edge that has garnered it something of a cult following. It's also why there songs are so easy to play on Guitar Hero but so difficult to epitomize accurately on real instruments.

Near the end of their set, vocalist/rhythm guitarist Vaden Todd Lewis pulled out a percussion mallet and began to beat on the horn of his guitar with his right hand while playing chords with his left, which created a soft timbre that reverberated through the warehouse.

The crowd, enthralled (and perhaps a little perplexed), became quiet and watched Lewis intently as he allowed the guitar's placid sound to echo off the walls.

But we didn't fall silent until during the band's encore, which began with "Possum Kingdom," a half-true story of a Tyler-based stalker who takes one of his victims to a lake and rapes her. While the stalker really existed, as accounted for by Lewis' 1995 interview with RIP Magazine, the rape never happened.

Even though it isn't a factual narrative, a packed music venue full of people singing along to a song about rape is a bit ominous, even for us.

Personal Bias: Stoked to see the Toadies live for the first time.

The Crowd: Put politely, a lot of them were just a little overly energetic. As least the ones who got into a fistfight were thrown out.

Overheard In the Crowd: "Anyone know where my wife is?!"

Random Notebook Dump: I wonder if band's ever resent their fans being jerks. Don't get us wrong; there were plenty of easy-going, fun-loving people at Saturday's show, but there were quite a few inconsiderate concertgoers, too. Where are The Toadies from, again? Just kidding, Dallas!


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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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