Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stunning Rayguns
The Toads
The Macks

White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon

8 p.m.

$8 in advance, $8 day of show

21 and over

About The Toads

The Toads

Transplants from Boston, singer-guitarist Matt K. and singer-bassist Matt D., joined by singer-drummer Mitch Gonzales (Jackson Boone, Snowblind Traveler) quickly established themselves as a band addicted to live shows, with over 70 performances in Portland within their two years as a band, plus a full length album, a three song EP, and three music videos showcasing their campy, antic comic style. This frenetic activity, along with their humor, chops, and rapid-fire live sets, have helped the Toads gain ever more visibility in the city's all ages garage rock underground.

2016 was a busy year for the Toads. They released their first full-length album and companion EP, plus two music videos. Their music has been featured on Tender Loving Empire's 9th annual "Friends and Friends of Friends" compilation, played at a recent Blazers game and on X-Ray FM, and written up on Next Northwest, The Deli Portland, Like You Said and other blogs. The Toads also performed a full live set for KPSU's Live Fridays in January.

Mitch Gonzales left the band for good in November 2016, after a final recording session, and the Matts brought Kings & Vagabonds drummer Dylan Valentine onto the throne. The Toads thus begin a new year with a new lineup and a few new recordings in their arsenal, to be released as singles in 2017 like magical breadcrumbs leading to the Church of Rock N Roll, where they will preside for eternity over the altar. Praise be the Toads, Matt, Matt and Dylan, amen.