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The Toadies released a new single, and it’s starting to sound like 1994 in here

The Toadies performed on the field at Globe Life Park following a baseball game between the Rangers and the Angels in April.
The Toadies performed on the field at Globe Life Park following a baseball game between the Rangers and the Angels in April. Special to the Star-Telegram

The Toadies are ragged and volatile again, attacking in fits and starts in the band’s first single from their upcoming album, “The Lower Side of Uptown.”

Just the way we like them.

The band released a track Friday called “Broke Down Stupid,” a sober look at one’s less-than-sober behavior, seven weeks to the day before the new album is due out. And if this doesn’t give you a case of the “back-in-the-days,” you probably aren’t a 90s kid.

Toadies frontman Vaden Todd Lewis is back with that characteristic Protestant angst you can taste in his gravelly grunt, in front of crisp and angry guitars that ZZ Top and AC/DC would tip their caps to.

It’s not a murder mystery set on a lake. It’s not necessarily biblical, though Lewis does battle with the pesky demon on his shoulder. It’s not an origin story, but it is something the Toadies have historically done well.

It’s straight forward, four-piece rock, harkening back to the Toadies’ heyday in a way 2015’s “Heretics,” which was largely acoustic, never could. It’s the kind of jam you hoped would come up in the next block of music videos as you sat watching MTV, back when that was a thing.

Luckily for fans, with “Broke Down Stupid,” the Toadies have proven they’re definitely still a thing, nearly 23 years after putting Fort Worth on the alt-rock map.

The Toadies performing at Edgefest 2017

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667, @MCTinez817

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