In case you do not know, Lapdog is the working name for Todd Nichols
and Dean Dinning's (you know, formerly of Toad the Wet Sprocket) new
band. I will try to have a bit of information about their new project
as I hear it. I have a copy of an email from
Joe Lyons (the PR/Ambassador dude for Lapdog)
that contains some of their latest info that you are more than welcome
I have been one of the few lucky people that was selected to ask Todd &
Dean five questions about them and their band. I guess I was just lucky
to have been in the right place and in the right time. Joe said that
there have been a handful of other people on the web who have been asked
to participate as well (the requirements were that they had to have an
active web site and by just being kewl), so their links are after my
questions and answers.
Ok, here goes. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
(NOTE: It seems like Todd answered most of these questions with Dean
contributing here and there)
- What was your most memorable or favorite Toad experience?
- I have so many great memories it is hard to think of just one.
I have some great memories of our first tours with Deborah Harry
and then the B52's. It was a lot of fun cramming all of us and
our gear in a van and touring the country for the first time.
Playing on television shows such as Letterman and Leno were very
exciting for us also. Playing our yearly rape crisis benefits
in our hometown of Santa Barbara was also great fun for us.
- How would you describe the kind of music you will be
- We have 20 new songs written so far and they vary in style, but
mostly they are a continuation of what I was writing with toad. A
lot of melody and harmony as you have come to expect from us as
well as a few songs that might suprise you. You will just have to
wait and see.
- When will we be able to hear what you are currently working
- We have plans to put portions of our demos on our new website as
soon as Joe gets that going -- hopefully a week or so. If we are
lucky we might have an album out after summer. Right now, we are
putting together a band to play live -- so you never know when
there might be a bootleg of the live stuff.
- Is Todd going to be doing most of the singing?
- I will be doing all of the lead vocals and Dean will be harmonizing
with me a lot. On our demos, we have a lot of 3 part harmonies so
we will have to find someone else to sing the 3rd part live.
Hopefully, the extra guitar player or the keyboard player will be
able to do that.
- What do you consider your best feature or quality to be?
- My best feature or quality is that is that I never have B.O. and I
don't snore. Dean says his best feature or quality is that he is
Here are the other people that have been selected to ask questions and I
will update this list when they have released where their questions will
be posted. For now, I have included their main Toad page and below that
will be their Lapdog page (if they have one). If you are missing from
this list (or if I mistakenly added you or misspelled your name), please
let me know so I can update it!