Tad were arguably the heaviest of the major Seattle grunge bands, fashioning a loud, lumbering grind that -- unlike many of their peers -- was inspired far more by '70s metal than punk, with a side portion of noise rock tossed in. Less tuneful and accessible than grunge's biggest names, Tad's music simply steamrolled over everything in its way, which likely contributed to their being the last homegrown band on Sub Pop's grunge-era roster to snag a major-label deal. Although the whole band dressed like Northwestern lumberjacks, their redneck image chiefly came courtesy of 300-pound frontman Tad Doyle; their publicity usually emphasized Doyle's previous job as a butcher, and his lyrics often sent up local white-trash culture (though he was actually college educated, as were his bandmates in the group's original lineup). Tad's sound evolved ...
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