Texan alternative rock outfit Toadies have built a reputation over the past two decades for their brash, guitar anthems. Their 1994 album Rubberneck was one of the grimiest of the post-grunge era. But their latest endeavor sees the band stripping down their sound, recording new songs and reimagining their songs as acoustic numbers. They’ll release the “chilled out” record, Heretics, on September 18th via Kirkland Records. Ahead of the release, the band has shared their version of Blondie’s hit “Heart Of Glass”.
“I was driving my daughter home one day and ‘Heart of Glass’ came on the local NPR music station,” frontman Vaden Todd Lewis tells Consequence Of Sound. “Having a daughter I’ve become especially tuned into female singers and their lyrics. I’ve heard this song and liked it for so many years, but I never really put an ear to the words. Suddenly it struck me as very sad. When we got home I sat with my daughter, learned the changes on acoustic guitar and began slowing it down until it fit the mood I was getting from the lyrics. Later I made a quick recording of it, set it to the guys and it wound up on Heretics. One of my favorite tracks off this record.”
The sparse rendition is a far-cry for the band’s “Possum Kingdom” roots, but still captures the emotional intensity Lewis has been known for. His open acoustic guitar chords ring under his weathered voice, giving a sense of solemnity before the rest of the band kicks in. Blondie’s lyrics capture a new poignancy with the slowed down tempo.
Listen in below.