Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad the Wet Sprocket

When Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he never dreamed that anyone would actually use such a silly name. Fast forward to 1986, when four California teens desperately needed to come up with a name to call their band for an upcoming gig at a Goleta, CA watering hole called The Shack.

Since that day, “Toad the Wet Sprocket” has been the name of the four piece California rock band consisting of lead singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. From 1989-1998, they made 5 studio albums which combined sold over four million copies, had five major radio hits, and won over audiences across North America and Europe.

After breaking up in 1998, Toad would get together sporadically to play shows on a casual basis, but their hard core fans never gave up hope for a new album. After successful tours in 2006-2010, the band finally decided to put the last piece of the puzzle in place, and committed to working together on new music. They also decided to update their classic catalog, and created a new Greatest Hits album “All You Want”, which came out in 2011.

Toad the Wet Sprocket are currently in the studio with producer Mikal Blue, and fans can look forward to a new release and extensive tour in 2013.

Emily Hearn

I think I was eleven when I first realized I might like to take the stage as a performer. I had been proudly singing different musical numbers around the house for years, so I figured it was about time that I auditioned for a play. My whole family piled into the tiny audition room to support me. Within a few moments I was up on stage, terrified, staring at my feet, quietly singing my best rendition of “Tomorrow” hoping that they would cast me as Annie.

I think I got the understudy for a non-speaking role in that play.

So you can understand why I honestly didn’t dream of a music career until eight years later when I was in college. I had played piano for a few years, and taught myself how to play guitar in 2008. I loved the way music made me feel, and how an honest song could tell a story with more intensity and emotion than any book I’d ever read. I admired great songwriters like James Taylor, John Denver, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan--the artists who inspired me to use my voice in a way that could be heard on a different level. So at nineteen I began creating my own world of songs.

I released my first EP, Paper Heart in 2010 and my full length album, Red Balloon last year. I saw these records as a chance to give my feelings a life of their own, and to express them in a way that was genuine and honest so that other people who felt the same way could know they are not alone.

I was lucky enough to land some amazing opportunities following the release of these albums. Some of these include a surprise Bill Murray cameo in my first music video (which was a highlight moment of my life) and the chance play my music all over the country where I’ve continued to meet amazing friends and fans.

After all these years I’ve finally overcome my stage fright and strangely enough, I truly feel at home when I’m up there performing. I think that’s because when I come down off the stage I meet people who thank me genuinely for writing a song. They say it describes exactly where they are in life. That pinpoints the whole reason why I do this--because I believe I’m standing before a group of people who feel the same way that I do and need to know that they are understood.

I just made a brand new EP in Oklahoma with producer Chad Copelin (Ben Rector, Christina Perri, Green River Ordinance), and I decided to call it Promises. It talks about the ups and downs of life--what it feels like to have a crush, and (sadly) what it feels like to be strung along waiting for someone to feel the same way, the big fights that change everything, the falling in love and getting married, and what you need to hear from a friend on those rough days. These songs are from my heart, but I think you might find that you’ve felt the same way.

My hope is that you just might find the anthem for your current season of life, or that you might be able to take the night off and come to one of my shows and realize I’m singing about the same thing you felt yesterday. To me, music really does have a world of its own, and a lot of times people connect there even if it’s for different reasons. I’d love for you to come join in on my world where feelings sound like songs, and I hope you feel at home.

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