Celebrating three decades as a band, Toad the Wet Sprocket is still making music and touring with the same independent spirit that helped make them one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the ‘90s. The band first began in 1986 as a project between high school friends, all of whom were teenagers at the time. They eventually gained traction through heavy airplay on college radio and soon found an audience for their melodic and thoughtful folk-pop sound, which appealed to fans of alternative and traditional rock alike. The group broke into the mainstream with the release of their third album, 1991’s Fear, which eventually went platinum off of the strength of the singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean.” Despite continued success throughout the decade, including another platinum album, the group ultimately disbanded in 1998, leaving fans dreaming of a reunion for nearly fifteen years. In 2013, a reformed Toad the Wet Sprocket began releasing new material, the most recent of which is their seventh studio album, 2021’s Starting Now. While their line-up and sound has changed over the years, the band’s rich lyrics and thoughtful melodies remain their calling card.