'90s alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket
, playing House of Blues tomorrow night, may be an established act now, but back on the heels of their second album, 1990's Pale
, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based quartet had to take their lumps just like everyone else who has ever left the practice space and hit the road to gig.
We talked to bassist Dean Dinning, who has been there since the beginning, about the early days of Toad, from inexplicably opening up for Rollins Band at a radio festival, to their current touring model which allows them the freedom of actually having a personal and family life.
Rocks Off: Before last year's show at House of Blues, you hadn't hit Houston in quite a while.
Dean Dinning: I actually starting asking people, because I couldn't remember when it was. Maybe 1995 when we went out opening for Cranberries. We played at one of the sheds out there [Ed. note: Cynthia Woods, most likely]
. Glen (Philips) had toured through there with his solo stuff, but I haven't done any touring with my side stuff.
It's a weird thing. We get a lot of calls to play on the East Coast, but we were thinking that we were missing the whole Southern part of the country and we made a conscious effort to go and play where we haven't been in a long time.More »