Where would modern rock n’ roll be today without Thomas Andrew Doyle? That’s a pretty loaded question, which we could debate for hours, so we’ll leave that to the podcasters of the world and focus on the renowned frontman’s new music video for “Skies Full of Coal.”

You may know Thomas better by his nickname Tad, frontman and leader of the early grunge-era band Tad. Formed in 1988, Tad is one of the first Seattle area grunge bands, hugely influential on the grunge superstars that we all know and love and who changed music history in the early 1990s. Tad (Doyle) has stayed productive through the years, still consistently writing and recording, and is now back with a brand new offering with his new album Forgotten Sciences, due for release on June 23rd via MVD Entertainment.

Discussing the aims and intentions of this new clip for “Skies Full of Coal,” Doyle says:

“The goal of the video was to incorporate some dilapidated locations like factories that are falling apart. The feeling and imagery that I wanted to convey was to echo the state of mind of being depressed with tinges of anxiety and a feeling of hopeless melancholy. Super rotting structures. Rubble, ruin and a sense of loss. Overgrown buildings and housing structures in a state of disrepair.

“Essentially I wanted to visually evoke nature taking back its elements that we humans temporarily formed into cars, buildings, and structures. Abandonments of humanities things that are transitioning to where they came from initially and revert completely into a state of decay. Dark clouds and the like. Metals rusting and returning to the earth. I wanted the video to display ghost-like figures and the like… Shadows moving in and out of frame to signify darkened thoughts that often cycle and repeat in a depressed state.”

This chapter in Doyle’s musical career began around 2017 when he began to record music more in line with his roots, which resulted in his 2018 album Incineration Ceremony. Both dark and symphonic, that album paved the way for his current musical output, revealing a more textured, rhythmic, and grander sound that felt appropriate for something like a film score.

Forgotten Sciences is Doyle’s ninth solo record and really showcases his vocal and instrumental abilities. There are a lot of unconventional instrumental components, and the lyrical aspects of the record are darker in tone, musing on the bleaker side of humanity, but the underlying message is indeed positive. That message is almost a self-affirmation to stay in the moment and remember that everything important happens in the present. You have to look within yourself to find the solution. Sage advice from a man who has the integrity and credibility to back it up.

Thomas Andrew Doyle ‘Forgotten Sciences’ album artwork
Thomas Andrew Doyle ‘Forgotten Sciences’ album artwork