Tad Planning Two Grunge-Heavy Releases
The group hasn't issued a new album since 1995's "Infrared Riding Hood," but Tad's ex-members are readying several projects.
Although not as well known as its colleagues in the Seattle '90s rock revolution, Tad released such favorites as 1991's "8-Way Santa," toured alongside the city's biggest names and worked with some of the biggest producers of the era (Steve Albini, Butch Vig). The group hasn't issued a new album since 1995's "Infrared Riding Hood," but Tad's ex-members are readying several projects.
Arriving sometime in 2007 will be a DVD documentary, as well as a CD of unreleased tunes recorded circa 1998, shortly before Tad's split. "They were ferociously raw," bassist Kurt Danielson tells Billboard.com. "There was also a move towards simplicity -- kind of almost the aesthetic that was behind [1989's] 'God's Balls,' but a sort of 'fallen angel version.' Let's say the 'God's Balls' version is like Satan in the inferno, and then you've got '8-Way Santa' and [1993's] 'Inhaler,' that's like Satan trying to climb back to heaven, trying to find music again. We plunged back into the abyss. Deeper than ever."
Songs that are expected to make the cut include "Kevorkian's Holiday," "Oppenheimer's Pretty Nightmare," "Accident on the Way to Church," "Soteria," "Obscene Hand," "Slobbering Genius," "Absolute Bridge Deathwish Trip" and "Amnesomnia."
Singer/guitarist Tad Doyle says the DVD will feature "interviews with people that knew us and saw us play, interspersed with live video and some of the actual videos we did. There's various stuff from being on tour with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains [but] I don't think there's much of being on tour with Nirvana. I don't thing we were carrying cameras at that point. Most of the stuff I shot on video myself."
Additionally, both Tad-men are working on outside projects -- Danielson a book (working title: "Amnesomnia") and Doyle solo material. "It's fiction," explains Danielson. "It'll be a semi/quasi autobiographical piece, semi/quasi memoir, but an exploration of memory, and the role it plays in the perception of reality. It's very possible that there could be some very intimate details in there, but it'll be in a fictional context."
As for Doyle's project, he says, "I'm at a point where I have a really strong vision. There isn't a lot of budging room. I'm talking with some indie labels that I'm really excited about. Some new up-and-coming bands want to share split singles with me. I've been writing songs for a while now -- I just haven't had a band together, so that'll be coming into fruition soon."
A Tad reunion remains a possibility as well, according to Doyle. "I'd say there's a chance. [But] for one thing, Kurt lives in Paris, which is difficult to do. I think he's more focused on his writing now more than anything."
Having played with Nirvana countless times over the years, including a mammoth European tour in 1989, Danielson still ruminates over the tragic life of Kurt Cobain. "Kurt had the best luck and the worst luck -- both at the same time," he says. "He was the most gifted and the most cursed, and also the most ferocious, and the most innocent and the nicest. A bundle of extremes and opposites. But really a fun guy."