Theory of a Deadman examines brutality of society on Savages
Theory of a Deadman managed to deliver their fifth full-length album, Savages, amidst more than year of turmoil that involved “a shakeup at their label, waning interest in rock at radio, [and] the downturn of society at large.” The myriad of issues weighed heavily on the platinum-selling Canadian quartet made up of Tyer Connolly (lead vocals, lead guitar), David Brenner (rhythm guitar), Dean Back (bass), and Joey Dandeneau (drums). Connolly therefore channeled all of his angst into his songwriting. “It's such a different record for us," he explains on the band’s Facebook page. “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,” he reveals about the Roadrunner Records project.
Connolly says the album’s content was influenced by the brutal nature of our culture. “I got nightmares from Terminator as a kid and, now, you can watch real murders on YouTube,” he explains. “We're so desensitized. I went from writing about crazy women to how screwed up we are. That's the theme … I dug in deeper than ever for these songs.” The result is described as “the band's catchiest and most crushing statement yet.”
After once again teaming with super producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Halestorm), Savages taps into the same “robust riffing and primal power” that courses through the group's 2008 platinum-selling breakthrough release, Scars & Souvenirs, which yielded the No. 1 Mainstream Rock Radio smashes ‘Bad Girlfriend,’ ‘So Happy,’ and ‘By The Way.’ Connolly says Savages is “Theory of a Deadman on steroids” without the “shrunken balls and b-acne side effects.” He adds the material looks back on earlier work, but with more musicality.
Lead single ‘Drown’ ebbs and flows between a “staggering wall of distortion and an infectious chorus from Connolly,” who says he unsuccessfully tried to get up every morning and write a song. “That lasted three days before I quit,” he laughs, claiming he 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,’” he says about the track that is currently No. 4 on the Mediabase Active Rock radio airplay chart.
The title track functions as the album's “clarion call,” continues the press announcement. The song enlists a “chilling spoken word and hypnotic harmony” by Alice Cooper. “I stole the spoken word idea from Vincent Price in ‘Thriller,’” admits Connolly, “Alice killed it. I was so happy to work with him.” The track ‘Angel’ upholds the Theory of a Deadman tradition for ballads, but it’s described as a “heavenly refrain about a different kind of love” instead of being another breakup song. The band also experiments with a country-flavored tune on ‘Livin' My Life Like A Country Song’ featuring Rascal Flatts' guitarist-vocalist Joe Don Rooney.
“We want to give fans a great Theory of a Deadman record,” concludes Connolly. “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.” Theory of a Deadman is currently touring indoor and outdoor venues in the U.S, and Canada through Oct. 12 with select dates featuring Black Stone Cherry or Fozzy. A European leg of the tour commences October 17 in Moscow, followed by eight shows in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland, where they’re joined by Airborne and Black Stone Cherry.
Watch the official music video that accompanies the Theory of a Deadman single ‘Drown’ off the band’s new Savages LP.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian rock band that formed in Delta, British Columbia, during 2001. The group became the first band to sign with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's 604 Records. The band’s name is taken from ‘The Last Song,’ a song about a man preparing to commit suicide that appears on the Theory of a Deadman eponymous debut album released in 2002.
* Sophomore album Gasoline was issued in 2005 and supported by a tour with Shinedown and No Address. In 2006, Theory of a Deadman performed the theme song for the World Wrestling Entertainment's No Way Out pay-per-view event. A cover version of ‘Deadly Game’ from the WWE Anthology album also appears on the WWE Wreckless Intent album.
* In 2008, Theory of a Deadman released its platinum-certified third album, Scars & Souvenirs. It is the group’s most successful album to date, topping the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums chart, and featuring eight singles that include ‘By the Way’ with Chris Daughtry and Robin Diaz.
* The band’s fourth studio album, The Truth Is..., was released in 2011, led by the single ‘Lowlife.’ In addition, the song ‘Head Above Water’ co-written by Theory of a Deadman and Exies singer Scott Stevens was contributed to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack.
* The Truth Is… album landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 in 2011, 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.