Texas-based modern rock act the Toadies has set a March 20 release date for its sophomore Interscope album "Hell Below/Stars Above." The release marks the group's first album since 1994's &q

Texas-based modern rock act the Toadies has set a March 20 release date for its sophomore Interscope album "Hell Below/Stars Above." The release marks the group's first album since 1994's "Rubberneck," which peaked at No. 56 on The Billboard 200 and spawned the top-10 rock airplay hit "Possum Kingdom." The song continues to be a recurrent track in the format; 39 of 51 active rock stations reporting to Billboard sister publication Airplay Monitor spun it between Jan. 22 and Jan. 28.

The completion of "Hell Below/Stars Above" spanned the loss of guitarist Darrel Herbert (he was replaced by ex-Funland guitarist Clark Vogeler), the scrapping of a 20-song recording session with Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary behind the boards, and surviving Interscope's 1998 merger with Seagram, after which some 200 bands were dropped from the new conglomerate's roster.

But the band regrouped in January 2000 to begin recording fresh with producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck, Foo Fighters). The finished product has 12 new tracks, including first single "Motivational," due to hit radio in the coming weeks.

Although a full-scale tour has yet to be announced in support of the new album, the Toadies will perform Feb. 10 in Lubbock, Texas, and March 17 at the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin.