Album dream came true…

The Cincinnati Post

November, 11, 1987

Album dream came true for the Toll

By Larry Nager

All garage-rockers dream of the day they land that six-fig­ure contract with a major re­cord label. For most, that day never comes, but for the Toll, the dream is now reality.

The Columbus quartet, per­forming at 8 p.m., Friday in the Rhine Room at the University of Cincinnati Tangeman Center ($3), just signed with Geffen Records. Leader, Brad Circone, said the Toll will record two al­bums for the label, with an op­tion for five more. The first LP should be out by late spring.

The band has been together for three years, but things start­ed to click in 1985 when a show at New York’s CBGB’s attracted the attention of Tim Butler of the Psychedelic Furs. Butler ar­ranged for the Toll to play the larger Ritz and invited Chrysa­lis executives. They liked what they heard, a demo budget was set and Butler produced three tracks for the Toll in Columbus.

Chrysalis liked them, .but not enough to offer a multi-album deal. Geffen did, however, and the Toll signed.

The Toll is unique in that Circone, the band’s singer-songwriter, doesn’t write down his lyrics, changing them as the mood dictates. He said he keeps in shape for his improvisatory marathons by “constantly reading literature and applying it to each song.

“I love all the traditional classics — Faulkner and Hem­ingway and Thoreau and James Joyce and Henry James and Virginia Wolf … I don’t watch the news and I haven’t read a newspaper in the last six months.”