Music & Film

Toadies at the Black Cat Oct. 17

By Jason Welser

We sat down with Toadies leader singer Todd Lewis at their show in Detroit, MI to ask a few questions in anticipation to Tuesday’s Oct. 17 show at the Black Cat.

DC After Five: Do you have a favorite city or maybe venue to play in? I should preface the question by saying outside of Texas.
Todd: Ha, yeah I mean that’s our bread and butter. We always love Texas. We are really looking forward to DC. Always enjoy the big markets like DC. We just played in LA. That was a blast. Seattle, Portland, Denver.

DC After Five: Was there a time in your life that influenced your music more than any other time period?
Todd: Well I grew up listening to, you know being a kid in Texas, it was a lot of metal. It was either metal or country, so I listened to a lot of metal. So at 15, I grew tired of it. Got fed up with it. I went into a record shop and asked for something weird and cool, and I got Talking Heads (More Songs About Buildings and Food), and that kinda blew my mind. So I started this whole operation. 

DC After Five: I think you have very interesting lyrics, it seems like there is a lot of depth to them. As the main lyricist of the band, is there a song or a specific lyric that you feel is most frequently misinterpreted by others?
Todd: Oh all of them. All of the time because people have their own stories.  

DC After Five: Do you like that? That many are of for interpretation?
Todd: Yeah, I don’t mind. It’s fine with me yeah. I didn’t want to tell anybody what the songs are about for the longest time. Then, when the Rubberneck 20th anniversary tour came around and we were preparing for that, Clark (our guitarist) is a film editor. He put together a bunch of old footage from the recording sessions from that record, Rubberneck, and interviewed me. That was the 1st time that I went into detail about what the songs were actually about. It’s called “Dark Secrets of Rubberneck.” So people can check that out.

DC After Five: When you’re not with the band, not on the road, what is a hobby or something you like to do when you’re away from music?
Todd: Well, I used to do woodworking. I really enjoyed that, but I like my fingers too much. My wife and I just opened a rehearsing place in Fort Worth so that’s not really a hobby but that’s the other job. So, that definitely keeps us busy. 

DC After Five: Very interesting. Well thank you for taking a few minutes for us. Enjoy Detroit and we will see you in DC. 
Todd: Yeah for sure. We’ll see you there. 

Toadies with special guests Local H.
Tues., Oct. 17, 2017
Black Cat


  1. Noah

    October 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Man, haven’t seen these guys in years. Great band though.

  2. Christie

    October 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    and local h is on the bill too!

  3. Rudy

    October 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I’m going. Nice interview!

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