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Toad The Wet Sprocket mulling first new album in 13 years

of the Oakland Press

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After a seven-year split, Toad the Wet Sprocket has been performing regularly since 2006. And, according to frontman Glen Phillips, the quartet — known for ’90s hits such as “All I Want,” “Fall Down” and “Something’s Always Wrong” — is starting to feel like the band it was again.

“Obviously, we broke up for good reasons and things were not well when we stopped playing together,” notes Phillips, 39, who’s had an active solo career and has formed another band, the WPA. “And when we started up again, it’s often been very tentative.

“But now everybody’s getting along and enjoying themselves, and it’s shifted from some kind of obligation or job to feeling like we’re in a band again. So for the very first time, instead of hoping it might work, it’s actually kind of working again, so we’re making two-year plans and looking forward to the future.”

And, Phillips adds, that future may include the group’s first studio album since 1997.

“It’s a possibility,” he says, adding that Toad went into his home studio to record new versions of five of its old hits for future licensing purposes. “We’re actually actively talking about that for the first time, which is again a huge change.

“It’s interesting because when we broke up, (the band) was the only thing I wrote for and the only thing Todd (Nichols, Toad’s guitarist) wrote for. We didn’t really ever sit back and ask what kind of songs we should be writing for the band, because it was our only outlet. Now that we have plenty of other outlets, it’s interesting to examine the possibility of what a Toad record could be and think about what we want it to sound like — another big change, y’know?”

Toad the Wet Sprocket performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 15-16, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tony Furtado opens Wednesday, Megan McCormick on Thursday. Tickets are $45. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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