Theory Of A Deadman


Theory Of A Deadman

Head of the Herd, Gloryhound

Thu, November 27, 2014

7:00 pm


This event is 19 and over

Theory Of A Deadman
Theory Of A Deadman
You know what they say, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

In Theory of a Deadman's case, they go right to the studio. In the middle of 2013, the platinum-selling Canadian quartet began working on what would become its fifth full-length album, Savages [Roadrunner Records/604]. However, everything in their lives rapidly and unexpectedly changed. Whether it be a shakeup at their label, waning interest in rock at radio, or the downturn of society at large, a myriad of issues weighed heavy on members Tyler Connolly [Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar], David Brenner [Rhythm Guitar], Dean Back [Bass], and Joey Dandeneau [Drums].

So, Connolly channeled it all into his songwriting.

"It's such a different record for us," he asserts. "I'm known as the guy who writes all of the 'breakup' songs. It would have been typical to write more, so I did just the opposite. There's something very brutal about our culture. I got nightmares from Terminator as a kid and, now, you can watch real murders on YouTube. We're so desensitized. I went from writing about crazy women to how screwed up we are. That's the theme. I'd spend twenty hours a day at my home studio. I became a weird recluse, and I even grew a beard. I dug in deeper than ever for these songs. I just said, 'Fuck it' and went for it."

Once again teaming with super producer Howard Benson [My Chemical Romance, Halestorm] in the studio, he tapped into the same robust riffing and primal power that coursed through the group's 2008 platinum-certified breakthrough, Scars & Souvenirs—which yielded the #1 Mainstream Rock Radio smash "Bad Girlfriend" as well as "So Happy" and "By The Way". Lyrically, Connolly turned his attention to the state of the world around him and churned out the band's catchiest and most crushing statement yet.

"This is Theory of a Deadman on steroids but not with the shrunken balls and b-acne side effects," he assures. "It's always been with us. This nodded back to our early material but with more musicality. I got to write about something other than relationships too, and I was excited to tackle new material. People seem surprised when they actually listen, but what were you expecting a fucking OneRepublic record?"

The band don't apologize for anything. The first single "Drown" ebbs and flows between a staggering wall of distortion and an infectious chorus from Connolly. The tide comes in with one of the group's biggest anthems.

"I tried to get up every morning and write a song, and that lasted three days before I quit," he chuckles. "I wrote 'Drown' during the second day. It's about being alone and finding contentment within that. It's a metaphor. No one cares if you drown or not. It's based on how I felt at the time."

Meanwhile, the title track functions as the album's clarion call, and it enlists a chilling spoken word and hypnotic harmony from none other than the legendary Alice Cooper. "I had never met him before," recalls Connolly. "I got to fly to his house in Phoenix and work on the song. He's a super nice guy. I stole the spoken word idea from Vincent Price in Thriller. Alice killed it. I was so happy to work with him."

The album does uphold a tradition for Theory of a Deadman, bringing another ballad to the fold, though it's not a "breakup song" per se. This time, "Angel" swings from a bright guitar into a heavenly refrain about a different kind of love.

"I thought about being in love with an angel and how bad of an idea that actually is," he explains. "Once you fall back to earth, you realize you have nothing in common, and you have to let her go."

"Blow" treads the tongue-in-cheek terrain that the band excel at. Connolly even slyly sings, "Sometimes, it makes me want to blow my fucking head off" with a swaying swing.

At the same time, they also stomp into new territory altogether with their first-ever proper "country" track. For "Livin' My Life Like a Country Song", the boys enlisted the guitar and vocal talents of Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney. As a result, they collectively tell a rollicking and raucous little tale worthy of Nashville.

"We've always had a bit of Southern rock swagger," he goes on. "In this case, Joe Don Rooney countrified it, and it turned out great. We wanted to give our take on how all of these country songs are about losing your woman and your house. All you've got left is a case of beer, your dog, and your trailer. She's gone, and you're living your life like a country song!"

That songwriting prowess solidified Theory of a Deadman as a major contender in modern rock since their self-titled 2002 debut. Most recently, 2011's The Truth Is… landed in the Top 10 of Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart upon its debut, while topping the "Top Rock Albums", "Top Alternative Albums", and "Top Hard Rock Albums" charts. In addition, it spawned the #1 radio hit "Lowlife", which ruled Rock Radio for three weeks straight. Along the way, the group has toured with everybody from Alter Bridge, Stone Sour, and Godsmack to Daughtry and Mötley Crüe. However, Connolly and the guys always have the same goal in mind.

"We want to give fans a great Theory of a Deadman record," Connolly leaves off. "We owed them this album. It's completely real, unrestrained, and unbridled. We want their acceptance above all. This is for them, and we're all extremely proud of it."

Savages is as tough as rock 'n' roll gets.

May 2014
Head of the Herd
Vancouver based Head of the Herd has recently completed their sophomore record and they've unmistakably found their stride. The debut single "By This Time Tomorrow," a duet with Mother Mother's Jasmin Parkin, hit #1 on the national rock charts, got them on tour with Guns n' Roses, and was used by the NHL during the 2013 playoffs.

They created the album in two sessions. The first with one of rock's most sought after producers Gggarth Richardson, the man behind Rage Against the Machine's chart topping debut, Biffy Clyro's 2013 UK #1 album "Opposites" and countless in between. The second session was produced by Rick Jackett & James Black from the multi-platinum group Finger Eleven.
In their formative years Gloryhound listened to Alice Cooper, The Ramones, Thin Lizzy and Iggy Pop. All of these influences can be heard in their self-styled form of rock, but their sound is truly their own. Simply put: "All stacks, no macs."

"A group that's become one of the leaders on the East Coast, Gloryhound is making a name by returning to core values of guitar rock. They play loud, hard, and smart, with a sound that skirts '70′s classic, but feels crisp and new" says CBC journalist and author of Top 100 Canadian Albums, Bob Mersereau, "the group showed why they have become known as a premiere live act, one that should easily break out in the rest of the country."

And break out they have.

With their ECMA nominated debut Leave It Alone under their belts, Gloryhound took up temporary residency in Toronto to both impress the masses and record their second record. With producer Laurence Currie at the helm, Gloryhound recorded Electric Dusk, a seven-song EP that delivered rave reviews from regional and national media, and garnered multiple award nominations from both Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association.

On the strength of that recording, and a no holds barred sonic blast of a live performance, the band was signed to the prestigious Agency Group, scored prime showcase stages at Canadian Music Week, NorthByNorthEast and Junofest, and secured a label deal with eOne Music Canada.

Gloryhound's first single, EP title track "Electric Dusk", quickly gained Top 20 status on the national Media Base Active Rock charts (reaching #14), achieved Top 30 status on the Billboard/BDS Canadian Rock charts (reaching #24), culminating in a nomination for a coveted Canadian Radio Music Award.

Gloryhound cut their touring teeth playing stadiums throughout Atlantic Canada with rock icons Deep Purple, rocked Toronto's Sound Academy as openers for Thin Lizzy, crossed the country as direct support for The Cult and along with their own coast to coast headline shows, the Halifax, Nova Scotia based foursome have shared the stage with CJ Ramone (of The Ramones), Thornley, Sam Roberts, Drive By Truckers, Big Wreck, Three Days Grace, I Mother Earth, Nickelback, The Sheepdogs, The Trews, Tokyo Police Club, April Wine, and the one and only Willie Nile with whom they've also had the pleasure of co-writing.

Gloryhound have also made their mark in film and television. Their song "Cruel Little Tease" landed in the opening segment of Michael Melski's award-winning feature film Charlie Zone, their hit single "Electric Dusk" was licensed to feature film Love Me and a placement in NHL Plays of the Week, while their second single, "TKO Tokyo" scored placement in CFL Plays of the Week and in the critically acclaimed TV show, Less Than Kind. A third song from the EP, "Keep A Light On You" was featured in an episode of hit TV series, Rookie Blue.

Fall 2013 saw Gloryhound settle in to The Farm Studio in Vancouver, BC, home turf of well-heeled producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (Hedley, Rage Against The Machine, Nickelback, Rise Against, Ten Second Epic, Head of The Herd…), who guided them through the making of their new, full-length album, Loaded Gun, while legendary music and entertainment producer, Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Fefe Dobson, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed…) came on side for the mix and polish of Gloryhound's Loaded Gun.

Comprised of Evan Meisner (lead vocal/rhythm guitar), David Casey (lead guitar/bg vocal), Shaun Hanlon (drums) and Jeremy MacPherson (bass), Gloryhound have amassed an ever-growing, faithful pack of rabid fans across Canada and are ready to crank it up another notch.

With one boot firmly rooted in classic rock style and the other in contemporary alt-rock, Gloryhound are ready to howl world-wide with the unleashing of their new single, album title track, "Loaded Gun" on April 28th, and the launch of their full Loaded Gun album in June, 2014.
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *