Pennsylvania Musician

December 1987


By John Hayes

One of the hottest and best drawing Pittsburgh bands this year isn’t really from Pittsburgh at all. The Toll have come from the gritty Columbus bars to form a strong following at the Decade. Frontman Brad Circone grunts and screams, hollers and kicks, and improvises fifty percent of the band’s material. In fact, he says, only the choruses are actually pre-written.

“I write in pieces,” he said. “The choruses provide a theme for the song, but the rest of it is different every night. Sometimes it’s po­litical, sometimes it’s very sexual. I think somebody pays money to come to see us, they should get a little more than their money’s worth.”

Circone is a post-Sex Pitols Jim Morrison without the Manzarek melodies, he doesn’t mind the comparison.

“Compare me to Morrison,” he says. “I don’t care. Except, he did drugs and he’s dead and I don’t and I’m alive.”

The Toll have recently been signed to Geffen Records, and have booked time at Bearsville Studio next month.

Iron Cross gambled and won when they begged, borrowed and stole to scrape up the money to record at Pyramid Sound in New York with Scott Warner. That recording landed them a deal with New Renaisance Records.

Finally, after two years of recording, re-recording, mixing, re­mixing, and promising and promising again, Norman Nardini’s “Love Dog” has been released by CBS Associated. “Love Dog” is getting moderate airplay in Pittsburgh and Norman is currently on a seven week, Eastern U.S. tour.