Alex has been singing and playing bass guitar for many years. He provides the tight rythmical foundation for the band and his distinctive high range singing style.
Influences include Geddy Lee, Marc Bolan and Myles Kennedy.
Alex mostly uses Fender Jazz basses, but also owns a Gibson Thunderbird IV. These guitars are powered through a Markbass SD1200 with numerous effect pedals.
Nick has been playing guitar for around 8 years, influenced mainly by the 60s/70s guitar greats like Hendrix, Tony Iommi and Rory Gallagher.
Main equipment includes a Gibson Les Paul Standard, an Orange Thunderverb 50 amp , Orange 2X12 Closed cab, and all the Fuzz, Wah, Reverb and Tremolo you need!
Scotty grew up listening to Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, AC/DC and Ozzy, but his influences stretch further than that. He has been drumming for the last 6 years or so, as well as a bit of noodling on the bass/guitar. Drum influences include Arejay Hale, John Fred Young and Tommy Clufetos.
He plays Pearl VBX Vision drums with Remo Ambassador skins, and favourite sticks being Vater 3A Fat Backs for the weight and fit. For cymbals he uses Paiste 2002 Wilds for the crashes, 2002 Power Ride and 14" PST5 hi hats. Loud classic rock sound!
Formed in 2006, Toadstool mastered all their instruments together from scratch. The band quickly gained a local following, before steadily building up a national and international fan base through constant gigging and shameless self promotion.
Following a personnel change in 2012, Toadstool went from a four piece to a power trio, and saw Scott McParland join as drummer.
The band have played Hard Rock Hell Festival twice, supported acts such as Reckless Love and Slam Cartel, have received frequent radio airplay and have played at legendary venues and festivals including The 100 Club, Nottingham Rock City and Monmouth Festival.
About the Band
Emerging from the darkest depths of The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, Toadstool are a three piece contemporary hard-rock band. Fusing together an abundance of retrospective and modern hard rock influences.
Heavy riff flavoured based songs, with strong melodic hooks, blues rock influences and just a hint of progressive rock. Primary influences include Led Zeppelin, Rush, T-Rex and Wolfmother.
Alex Macaskill - Lead Vocals &Lead Bass Guitar
Nick Ingram - Lead Guitar & Lead Backing Vocals
Scott McParland - Lead Drums
Toadstool are a hard working live act, touring the length of the UK in established venues they are known for their high energy live shows, and gain more fans with each performance.
May 2015 saw Toadstool release their debut album 'The Lady Electric'.