Toadies are an alternative rock band from Fort Worth, Texas, best known for the song “Possum Kingdom.” The band’s classic lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis on vocals/guitar, Mark Reznicek on drums, Lisa Umbarger on bass, and Darrel Herbert on guitar. It formed in 1989 and disbanded in 2001 after Umbarger left the group. The band reformed and released an album, No Deliverance in 2008. In 2010, they re-released the album Feeler with Kirtland Records (the album’s original release had been denied by Interscope in 1997). The band’s latest album, Play.Rock.Music, was released in July 2012.
Toadies began in 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas. They recorded a few cassette self-releases and an E.P. titled Pleather before signing to Interscope Records. Their first full-length album Rubberneck was released in the summer of 1994. It included six singles, “Possum Kingdom” (their most successful) as well as “Mister Love”, “Away”, “Tyler”, “Backslider” and “I Come From the Water”. “Backslider” can be heard in the film Black Sheep. “Possum Kingdom” would later become a playable track in the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II.
Toadies toured extensively throughout the 1990s supporting Rubberneck, opening for artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, White Zombie, Bush, and The Butthole Surfers. They also headlined and co-headlined tours with acts such as Supersuckers, and The Reverend Horton Heat. The band was a regular act at the festivals Edgefest in Dallas, and Buzzfest in Houston during these years.