In all, The Toads have had four releases, totaling 27 songs, in 19 months since January 2016. This, along with a busy gig schedule, makes the Toads the most prolific and hardworking band in Portland right now. The thing about the Toads is that they are not only talented and hardworking, but I can honestly say that they are the friendliest guys in Portland’s somewhat clique-ish music community. Bass player, Matt Dinaro, goes above and beyond the call of duty by supporting the scene with his music blog and editing an online poetry journal that he co-founded, Pom Pom.
Their fourth album, Time, is the second that was recorded by James Collette and Kevin Hoffman, and is the best production yet. I prefer to hear the Toads live, but this album does a nice job of capturing the energy and enthusiasm of their live show while still retaining the crispness and clarity that makes listening to studio recordings a pleasure. The album kicks off with killer riffs that show off Matt Kane’s tasty guitar wizardry and closes with an anthem of positive vibes, Keep On Keepin’ On. This country-pop-rock album pretty much captures the essence of Portland Summer 2017 and begs the question that so many people are asking “why aren’t these guys huge yet?” Thanks guys! Keep on keepin’ on! You are making people happy!