Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
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After seven years of hard work, heavy touring and diligent attention to its craft; Theory of a Deadman have landed high in the rock pantheon, achieving creative growth without sacrificing the hard-hitting power that got them here in the first place.

Biography

Honesty is always the best policy. Theory of a Deadman adheres to that age old adage on their fourth album for Roadrunner/604 Records, The Truth Is…

The platinum-selling Vancouver quartet builds arena-ready hooks around hard rocking stories of good times, bad times and everything in between. “Lowlife," is a raucous anthem celebrating simple pleasures. Meanwhile, "The Bitch Came Back" gives a hilarious send-off to a bad ex with roaring guitars and flourishes of horns. "Hurricane" stirs up a storm of emotions over an orchestral hum of guitars and massive chorus. Then there's "Head Above Water," which delivers an uplifting, contemplative message encased in mid-tempo rhythms. Theory of a Deadman—Tyler Connolly [Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar], David Brenner [Rhythm Guitar], Dean Back [Bass], Joey Dandeneau [Drums]—are telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, like it or not.

For The Truth Is…, Theory of a Deadman preserved the sound that fans worldwide have grown to love on Scars & Souvenirs [2008], Gasoline [2005], and Theory of a Deadman [2002], while expanding, enhancing, and evolving their approach. The band solidified their place at the top of modern hard rock by exceeding Platinum sales with their breakthrough Scars & Souvenirs and with #1 Mainstream Rock Radio hit "Bad Girlfriend."At the same time, other singles, "So Happy" and "By The Way," became crowd favorites on tours with everyone from Mötley Crüe and Godsmack to Daughtry and label mates Stone Sour. For The Truth Is… the band stuck to what works best and are taking it to the next level.

"Musically, not too much changed," says Connolly. "We had a bit of an epiphany when it came to songwriting though. We've been a band for over a decade now, and we realized what we're doing makes sense. There was a lot more confidence. I was able to dig in lyrically and be wide open. When I write, I either want to kiss someone on the lips or punch them in the face. Anything in between is boring."

To capture those two ends of the spectrum, the band hunkered down once again in Los Angeles’ Bay 7 studio during January 2011 with Howard Benson [My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down]. Brenner adds, "We really found our sound on Scars & Souvenirs."

"Lowlife" pulsates with stadium-sized energy, and it tells a clever tale in the process. Connolly reveals, "I thought it'd be cool to write a fun anthem about being a lowlife. It's okay to drive an old piece of shit car, get arrested and be a dirtball. Our fans aren't wearing suits and ties. They don't have diamond necklaces. They're regular people who like to party and sing rock 'n' roll music. The song speaks to them."

Elsewhere, Theory sneak in some humorous jabs on "The Bitch Came Back," a song that exudes a theatrical swagger with a rousing chorus and propulsive riff. The song began in a fashion that saw Theory reaching way back. “We love to mess around and try things, and we tried horns here. Horns can be rock 'n' roll," says Brenner.

Theory makes the horns sound very rock 'n' roll especially when they're wrapped in soaring distortion. For Connolly, these songs came from one of the most intense periods of his life. “There are a lot of lyrics that came from going through the roughest period of my life. I don't think I've ever been that beat up physically and emotionally. It took me awhile to get better, but as a result, this record is the best work that we've done," he said.

Ultimately, The Truth Is... stands out as the band's best work to date because it's about a shared experience with the audience for Connolly and Co at the end of the day. The frontman concludes, "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."

The Truth Is… Theory of a Deadman found it.

Lyrics

Lowlife

Written By: Theory of a Deadman

You know I’ll b the one who gets fallen down drunk at my neighbor kid’s soccer game
I got an ’82 fiero with a car seat in the middle broken down interstate
I got a beer stained t-shirt looking like Joe Dirt something ‘bout me just ain’t right
I’m a cash stealing drug dealing loser without any feeling
Getting trailer trashed tonight
Cause I’m a lowlife and I’m lovin’ it
I got the whole damn world in the palm of my hand
I’m a lowlife so fuckin’ deal with it
No you can’t change something that you don’t understand
I’m thrilled to be a hillbilly hate to have to deal with me probably just end in a fight
No sleeves can’t read doesn’t even phase me naked sleeping like a baby tonight
Cause I’m a lowlife and I’m lovin’ it
I got the whole damn world in the palm of my hand
I’m a lowlife so fuckin’ deal with it
No you can’t change something that you don’t understand
I’m livin’ it up. Livin’ it up being a lowlife
I’m livin’ it up. Livin’ it up being a lowlife
I’m livin’ it up. Livin’ it up being a lowlife
I’m livin’ it up. Livin’ it up
I’m gun packing bitch smackin’ mess with me it’s gonna happen lovin’ life living in sin
Passed out on the floor sorry just don’t work no more, givin’ up on givin’ in
Aw fuck it
Cause I’m a lowlife and I’m lovin’ it
I’m never gonna change as long as I live
I’m a lowlife so fuckin’ deal with it
Cause deep down I really know everyone is
Cuse we’re lowlifes and were lovin’ it
We got the whole damn world
In the palm of our hand
Cause were lowlifes so fuckin’ deal with it
No you cant change something that you don’t understand
I’m livin’ it up. Livin’ it up being a lowlife

Bitch Came Back

Written By: Theory of a Deadman

The bitch came back the very next day
Oh the bitch came back thought she was a goner
But the bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
Don’t you know the bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
Don’t you know the bitch came back

I like her so much better when she’s down on her knees
Cause when she’s in my face is when I’m starting to see
All my friends are right for thinking that we’d be wrong
She’s so fucking stupid but she’s singing along
The trouble with girls is they’re all the same forget the diamonds and pearls they just want a ring
Before you know it you’re like a dog on a leash
Well you can try and change the world but you won’t change me

Bitch Came Back
The bitch came back the very next day
Oh the bitch came back thought she was a goner
But the bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
Don’t you know the bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
Don’t you know the bitch came back

There she goes again she’s always breaking my balls
No matter what I do somehow it’s always my fault
She says I must be cheating cause I turned off my phone
But that’s the only frickin’ way she’ll leave me alone
The trouble with girls is it’s never enough
They love to complain and they never shut up
They like to tell you the way it oughta be
Go on and tell the world but just odnt tell me

Bitch Came Back
The bitch came back the very next day
Oh the bitch came back thought she was a goner
But the bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
Don’t you know the bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
Don’t you know the bitch came back

It ain’t a joke when I say I wanna throw you out (I really mean it. I really mean it)
But look who’s laughing now

The bitch came back the bitch came back
The bitch came back the bitch came back
The bitch came back the bitch came back
She just couldn’t stay away
The bitch came back the very next day
Oh the bitch came back I thought she was a goner
But the bitch came back she won’t stay the fuck away
The bitch came back the very next day
Oh the bitch came back I thought she was a goner
The bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
She doesn’t get it
Don’t you know the bitch came back
The bitch came back the very next day
Oh the bitch came back I thought she was a goner
But the bitch came back she couldn’t stay away
She doesn’t get it
Don’t you know the bitch came back

Outta My Head

Written By: Theory of a Deadman

I can’t get you out of my head
God knows I’ve tried but I just can’t forget
Those crazy nights and all the things that we did
I can’t get you out of my head

Maybe it was the way you talked
And maybe it was the way you laughed
Well I don’t know just what it is
But I know I want you back

I can’t get you out of my head
God knows I’ve tried but I just can’t forget
Those crazy nights and all the things that we did
I can’t get you out of my head

Maybe it was the way you smiled
And maybe it was the way you kissed (yea maybe)
Well I don’t know just what it is
But I know I want this to last

I can’t get you out of my head
God only knows I’ve tried but I just can’t forget
Those crazy nights and all the things that we did
I can’t get you out of my head

I keep trying to sleep but I’m lying awake
I’m thinking about the love I threw away, threw away
But it wont let me go and I need you know
That I
Oh I, I can’t get you out of my head

I can’t get you out of my head
God only knows I’ve tried but I just can’t forget
In my whole life I’ve never had it this bad
I can’t get you out of my head, out of my head
Oh I can’t get you out of my
Oh!

Discography

Theory of Deadman - 2002
Gasoline - 2005
Scars and Souvenirs - 2008
The Truth Is... - 2011