TAD’s sound is big and so is the lead singer. They’re one of the first class of grunge bands that came out of Seattle in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They were peers of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and the others. In fact, when Nirvana and TAD toured Europe in ‘89, TAD was considered the bigger, more charismatic band, and thusly the most likely to break into the mainstream.
Big fat grunge
This is a great band. They’re image and their lyrics are evoke a vision of a flannel-clad character that just stumbled drunk out of the forests of the Pacific Northwest, chainsaw in one hand, 2 or 3 beers in the other hanging from a plastic 6-ringer. He’s cornered you, and now he wants to tell you some stories.
Back this with big, crunchy guitars, Tad Doyle’s gravelly vocals, and you get a winning combination.
This clip of the band is from a live performance on MTV (I think):
Busted Circuts and Ringing Ears
Busted Circuts and Ringing Ears is a documentary released in February 2008 that looks back on the rise and fall of TAD. It’s a fairly interesting look at the start of the grunge scene in Seattle and features interviews with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, as well as the founders of the Sub Pop record label.
Here’s a preview: