The Toadies have been busy during the pandemic doing non-musical ventures–coffee and comic books. The band partnered with local coffee roaster Full City Rooster in 2019 for the release of Toadies Texas Pecan Coffee. That partnership has lead to a new brew, Dark Secret.
The coffee will be available [store.kirtlandrecords.com/product/toadies-dark-secret-coffee]via mailorder starting February 1st.
‘Dark Secret”’ is a collaboration between Full City Rooster and The Toadies. It’s a dark roast of the finest beans from around the world. Dark Secret goes beyond smokey and intense, not unlike the band itself.
Fueled by all that coffee, Toadies singer Vaden Todd Lewis has just released the first in series of lyric comics in a collaboration with illustrator Lee Davis. Vaden says “I’ve wanted to see the stories behind our songs realized in a visual/printed format. Its very exciting and fulfilling to see these characters come to life. Lee’s illustrations really bring out the macabre dark humor that’s been a big part of my writing style my whole career.”
Davis comments “When I heard Toadies on the radio or MTV I enjoyed their infectious music, and the line “Do you wanna die?” is one of those moments that was imprinted on my mind and years later sounded just as clear in my head as the first time I heard it. So it was surreal when I got word that my illustration work was desired by the band for a comic run. It was and is a thrill and an honor to take on this task. The lyrics proved uniquely ambiguous, as I discovered a truly unsuspected vision behind the words: I’d started reading the script expecting to go outside of my love for the weird and horrific to explore a tamer realm, yet suddenly I realized just how bloody and gleefully bizarre this vision of Vaden’s really was.”
And, if this were not enough, Toadies have put out masks with sales benefitting MUSIC CARES.