Tad, 8-Way Santa

Kevin O'Donnell

By Kevin O'Donnell

on 09.21.11 in Reviews

Led by the oversized, outsized singer Tad Doyle, Tad remain grunge’s unsung heroes: They were one of the first to sign with Sub Pop records and they tapped Butch Vig to produce their 1991 album 8-Way Santa, long before the Nevermind producer became rock’s go-to guy for album production. They always seemed more jokey than angst-ridden bands — “Wired God” is a slack-jawed stoner-metal jam about driving drunk — but for sheer needle-in-the-red guitar riffage, it doesn’t get much heavier than this album.