The Toadies, possibly the most popular rock band to ever call Fort Worth home, will release their seventh studio album, titled “The Lower Side of Uptown,” on Sept. 8.
The band announced the new album and a national tour, which will take it across most of the contiguous 48, on Monday. The tour will start at Denton’s Rockin Rodeo, one of many familiar local venues for the band, two days before the release of the album.
But the nugget that should really bring 1995 nostalgia to Fort Worth is the return of the Toadies’ annual music festival, Dia de los Toadies, to Possum Kingdom Lake on Sept. 16. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year by returning to the site made famous in the band’s first commercial single.
The Toadies hosted “Dia” at Possum Hollow on the lake in the festival’s first iteration in 2008. It was held at Panther Island Pavilion from 2013-2015 before going “Away” from town last year, for a stint in New Braunfels.
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Since the band re-formed in 2006, after breaking up in 2001, The Toadies have been busier than ever, releasing four albums, while also teaming with Fort Worth’s Martin House Brewery on four beer releases and appearing on the cover of two recent issues of the X-Men comic book series.
The Toadies’ new album art will feature even more comic-book inspiration. Michael Lark, who since 1992 has provided artwork for series, including Daredevil, Captain America and Winter Soldier for Marvel and DC/Vertigo, designed the art for “The Lower Side of Uptown.” It has a certain “Sin City” vibe to it.
The band also partnered with the Texas Rangers in April to release their own extended version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” that’s as hard rock as it is hardball.
According to a press release, “The Lower Side of Uptown” will be heavier than the band’s last two albums, which should come as no surprise to most fans. The Toadies’ 2015 release, “Heretics,” was mostly acoustic.
“This album is ‘roots Toadies,’ ” lead singer Vaden Todd Lewis said in the release. “Full of riffs and time shifts.”
“Roots Toadies” is just what fans have been rooting for since the home team got back together.