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Theory Of A Deadman Frontman Moves Beyond Callousness

Of the Oakland Press

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In an early article about Canada’s Theory of a Deadman, Rolling Stone magazine described frontman Tyler Connolly as a “callous bastard.” But on its third album, “Scars and Souvenirs,” Connolly tried to show a little more heart.

“It’s the scars and souvenirs of your life,” he explains. “The songwriting on the record is really about the scars and souvenirs of someone’s past or their life, the relationships and everything. It’s more metaphorical than physical scars and trophies.”

It’s not all painful, either. Connolly wrote “Wait For Me” for his wife, acknowledging how hard it is for her to be at home while he’s touring the world. “All or Nothing,” meanwhile, is an atypical, piano-laden ballad about their relationship.

“It was kind of sick of me writing all these woman-hater songs before,” admits Connolly, 32, whose mother abandoned his family when he was in high school, providing source material for his earlier work. “For awhile there, every song was ... ‘I don’t need women! ...’ That’s kinda how I felt at that point, I guess. And people always thought I was writing about (his wife).

“But I’ve grown as a songwriter, and as a person. I wanted to write some nice songs for a change.”

Theory of a Deadman and Saving Abel perform Friday (May 16) at Harpos, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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