"We felt like there was something missing," Vogeler says. And now, with creative control in their hands and a supportive label behind them, the band is making sure to record the album they want to record. "One of the big lessons I've learned," Vogeler continues, "is that you don't have to spend $300,000 to make a good recording."

The result, Vogeler adds, is a dirty record—one that fans might see as a detour of sorts between Rubberneck and Hell Below/Stars Above, but one that capably explains the long-missing link between the two.

And, with the Toadies also between new records—Lewis is currently writing for a No Deliverance follow-up the band hopes to soon record and then release in 2011—the process of returning to their old bridge of an album is proving a fruitful one.

The Toadies, back when Feeler
was first set to come out.
Ralf Strathmann
The Toadies, back when Feeler was first set to come out.

"I have a feeling that it will influence the next record," Vogeler says, detailing how even the lack of guitar solos on Feeler has caused the band to rethink their inclusion of so many on their new material. "Of course we all feel like we'd much rather have put Feeler out in '98, but doing it now is a good thing, too. I mean, there's 50 unreleased Toadies songs, at least. To start chipping away at that is great. "

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