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Fan love funded Toad the Wet Sprocket's new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
@GraffonMusic

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A new Toad the Wet Sprocket album was not inevitable -- which is why it took the group seven years after its 2006 reunion to get one out.

"We started doing stuff, but once we started doing stuff and it started feeling good again, that was the big change," frontman Glen Phillips says of the trajectory that led to "New Constellation," the quartet's crowd-financed first new album since 1997. "Instead of saying, 'Ah, I remember why we broke up,' we remembered what worked bout and were more grateful for us.

"All four of us getting on that page at the same time was what it ultimately took, and I guess at that point (a new album) was inevitable. And it's great to have some new songs to play."

"New Constellation," on Toad's own Abe's Records label, features 11 new songs, while the special digital deluxe edition for those who contributed to the group's Kickstarter campaign contains another four. The campaign actually reached its financial goal of more than $250,000 in a scant 20 hours, which Phillips, who's planning to continue his solo career with a new album next year, says was humbling for he and his bandmates.

"It was wonderful," notes Phillips, 42. "I think we knew we would exceed our goal but certainly didn't expect to do it that quick. And to give that small group of dedicated fans something special and have them be more involved and be included in the process, I think everybody wins.

"The most amazing thing is we just released a new record, we're not in debit and we own it. We've never done that before. It's kind of cool to have it be a tight family business instead of being part of this larger, crazy thing like a (record) label. If it becomes a larger, crazy thing it's be awesome, but it's nice to know we can make it work this way and not have to fit into that model anymore."

Toad the Wet Sprocket and Lee DeWyze perform Thursday, Nov. 14, at the at Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 & $29. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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