Toll pushing limits…

The Ohio State Lantern Oasis

May 5, 1988

Toll pushing limits on upcoming release

By Rob Mosbacher

Columbus psycho-social rockers The Toll recently finished recording their debut album for Geffen Records at Bearsville Studio near Woodstock, N.Y.

Judging from the rough mixes from the sessions, the as yet untitled LP is going to be either an omnipotent debut or a misunderstood and therefore critically-abused effort. But either way, the album is powerful and creative and is going to make some impression on popular music.

“They’re either going to love it or hate it,” said vocalist Brad Circone. “There’s no middle ground with this band.”

With three of the album’s 10 songs being over 10 minutes long, drummer Brett Mayo said the album is a mix of rock ‘n’ roll concertos and singles. He described it as a “psycho-drama.”

During the sessions, the band: Mayo, Circone, guitarist Rick Silk and bassist Greg Bartrum, got a taste of the rock ‘n’ roll life as guitarist Mick Ronson, formerly of David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars, supplied a solo on “Standing Winter” and the members of R.E.M. also stopped by the studio – in a limo nonetheless, said Martin Balloch, the band’s road manager.

Mixing of the album will start May 9 in Manhattan

The album, produced by Steve Thompson and Mike Barbiero (Tesla, Guns ‘n’ Roses) is tentatively set for release in September.