Toadmortons is a Northern California indie rock band, named after an inbred cannibal in Nick Cave’s novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel.
Steve Bryant and Greg Hain formed the Toadmortons after their band Chance the Gardener ("The Day the Dogs Took Over", Warner Brothers Records 1996) ended. Their first effort, "Beware Morton’s Murder Mile" was released on San Francisco's Future Farmer Records in 1999, and was number three most added to college radio in the U.S. in the first week of its radio release.
Toadmortons’ second record (The Toadmorton’s Collection, Long Live Crime Records, 2004) was a double C.D. containing songs from Beware Morton’s Murder Mile, a previously unreleased album, Shaking the Ghost, and a batch of new songs). The drummer during this period was Jimmy Brasier (who had been the drummer for Sweet Children which later became Green Day).
Bryant put Toadmortons on hiatus in 2004 in order to record and release two records under the name The Universal Steve, "E Pluribus Esteban", Long Live Crime Records, 2004, and "Ryer Island", Broken Halo Records, 2010).
Bryant, Hain, and Edberg reformed Toadmortons in 2012 with Roger Kunkel (Thin White Rope), and John Cypher (Grey Bouquet) and are currently at work on a new recording.
Steve Bryant – songwriter, vocals, guitar
John Cypher – violin, sitar, guitar
Steve Edberg – drums, percussion
Greg Hain – bass, vocals
Roger Kunkel – guitar, mandolin, vocals
The Toadmortons’s tracks