Big Head Todd & the Monsters with Toad the Wet Sprocket at the South Shore Music Circus on July 15

A Review of Big Head Todd & the Monsters with Toad the Wet Sprocket at the South Shore Music Circus on July 15

, Staff

Twelve years ago, this would be the co-headliner that would have college kids drooling at the mouth. Despite, neither boasting a chart-topping hit in recent memory, Big Head Todd &The Monsters and Toad The Wet Sproket combined for a great show at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset on Saturday night (July 15).

It wasn’t a bad episode of “I Love the 90’s” but each band powered through seventy-minute sets that delighted the near capacity crowd, reminding everyone that they still have their edge.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters (BHT) went on first, opening with the driving “Cashbox”, a track available free through the group’s website as part of their ongoing podcasts. The Boulder, Colorado natives have been releasing handfuls of tracks through this new method, allowing them to spend more time on the road and less in the studio.

Drummer Brian Nevin, shined out an energetic version of “Resignation Superman” and lead singer Todd Mohr’s voice was in great shape but it was his remarkable guitar solos that proved where his talent is, as underrated as he has been.

Surprisingly BHT did not play anything off their latest release, last year’s Crimes Of Passion. Instead, they focused on material off their best selling album, 1993’s Sister Sweetly, with songs such as Turn The Light Out, one of the six played on the night. “Bittersweet”, the band’s biggest hit was played halfway through their set for a fun sing-a-long. BHT rocked through “Boom Boom” before closing with “Broken Hearted Savior.”

Toad The Wet Sprocket (TWS) hitting the crowd with two of their biggest hits, “Something’s Always Wrong” and “Whatever I Fear,” back to back to start their set. Their momentum carried through fan favorites “Windmills” and a sing-a-long of “All I Want” (both of which were played in the opening third).

“Is it good luck or bad luck to start off counter-clockwise,” remarked lead singer Glen Phillips about the venues rotating stage. He continued, “I think we started off clockwise last night” referring to their gig the previous night in Hyannis at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a show at either venue, you should definitely take one in soon. Both are intimate venues with great acoustics and the rotating stage ensures that everyone gets a great view.

At the midpoint, Phillips was left alone on stage to play two of his solo songs. They were the poignant ballad “Marigolds” off his most recent release, Mr. Lemons, and “Finally Fading”.

The second half of TWS’s set was highlighted by a solid rendition of “Everything But You,” the up-tempo rocker “Hold Her Down,” and “Way Off” from the band’s debut album, Bread And Circus. “Fall Down” rocked with high energy before the closing notes of “Walk On The Ocean,” which seemed like the only way for the band to close out a beautiful night in Cohasset.

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