Rock on the Range Preview: Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman is a platinum-selling Canadian quartet formed in 2001. The Vancouver rock band croons about the highs and lows of life like other rock bands but what makes them stand out is there take on everything in between. The four-man band is also not just a rock band; their music has the twangs of country, the sad tunes of acoustic, and the angry chords of post-grunge and alternative rock.


Theory of a Deadman consists of Tyler Connolly [Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar], David Brenner [Rhythm Guitar], Dean Back [Bass], Joey Dandeneau [Drums]. They are signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. The band has played venues such as the 96th Grey Cup halftime show and has played along Hinder, supported by Mötley Crüe during a winter tour. Theory of a Deadman has also performed at Crüe Fest 2.


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Most recently, Theory of a Deadman co-headlined the second annual Carnival of Madness Tour with Alter Bridge. The have also contributed one of their newest singles “Head Above Water” to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack.


The band has six top ten hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart since they have released their self-titled debut album. Their first album was released in the year 2002. The name ‘Theory of a Deadman’ comes from their first album that describes a man who is preparing to commit suicide. Although the track was renamed to “The Last Song,” the band has kept the name and the emotions that come with it.


Theory of a Deadman released their second album, “Gasoline”, in 2005. During this year, the band toured with bands Shinedown and No Address. They also began a promotional tour that was headlined by Breaking Benjamin and The Exies. The album “Gasoline” saw more success when some of its songs were selected to appear in the video game Indigo Prophecy.


After “Gasoline” was released the band seemed to take off. They performed the theme song for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s No Way Out pay-per-view match. It was a cover version of “Deadly Game” from the WWE Anthology album. The cover was released on the WWE Wreckless Intent album. They did another cover of “No Chance in Hell” for Vince McMahon which was released on the WWE The Music, Vol. 8. The WWE is a fan of Theory of a Deadman for they also had them perform the theme song for the 24th Annual WWE Summer Slam.


The band’s third album, “Scars & Souvenirs,” was released in 2008 and from the album came one of their most successful singles, “Bad Girlfriend.” “Bad Girlfriend” and the single “Lowlife” are two singles that have reached number one for the band. “Scars & Souvenirs” features singers such as Chris Daughtry and Robin Diaz who have their vocals on the song “By the Way.” Also from this album is the single “Got it Made;” which was used by Total Nonstop Action for their year review video. The song was also sampled by Sun Sports for the Miami Heat post-game video recaps during their 2010-11 season. “Scars & Souvenirs” was certified gold by the RIAA in 2009; which meant that its sales reached 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.


The band released their fourth album, “The Truth Is…” in 2011 and their second number one hit “Lowlife” came from this album. The single is an anthem to the disorderly that celebrates life’s simple pleasures. However, this album is one of their most diverse and can be seen with the song “The Bitch Came Back.” It is a far cry from an anthem for it is just a middle finger send off to a crazy ex. The singles thundering guitars and booming horns are the perfect f**k you goodbye along with lyrics such as “I like her so much better when she’s down on her knees/Cause when she’s in my face that’s when I’m starting to see.” The album dives into deeper emotions with the song “Hurricane” that has more of an orchestrated feel to it along with its massive and emotional chorus. “I’m caught in a hurricane/I’m leaving here dead or alive/And I know that I’d be willing to feel the pain/If it got me to the other side” describes the pain that is felt in the song. On the other end of the spectrum there is “Head Above Water,” which is uplifting and has a mid-tempo rhythm with lyrics delivering a message of you can do it; “You pray to God the moment when/You feel the current pull you in/Try to keep your head above water.”


“The Truth Is…” could be the band’s best work to date due to its range of emotion that it is able to share with its audience. Lead singer Tyler Connolly stated, “I want to make a great song that can help get fans through hard times. I want them to take that music with them for the rest of their lives. I’m trying to write songs and change people, make them laugh, smile, or sing along. That’s what I’m looking for.” Theory of a Deadman is not a band to sugarcoat it or beat around the bush. They are here to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help them God.

Theory of a Deadman will be performing at Rock On The Range, which is May 18, 19, and 20th, 2012.Single day tickets are still available purchase at and Hope to see everyone there. You can also check out Theory of a Deadman on their website, on their Facebook page at, and preview some of their music on iTunes.

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