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Theory of a Deadman at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
Itâs never too late to teach an old band new tricks -- and Canadaâs Theory of a Deadman isnât that old of a band.
But on its sixth album, âWake Up Callâ -- coming out Oct. 27 -- the Juno Award-winning hard rock quartet made a sonic sea change into a territory much closer to mainstream pop than Theory had gone before. The set was produced by Martin Terefe, whoâs worked with the likes of Train, Jason Mraz and Mary J. Blige, and it features some of the smoothest, hookiest fare frontman Tyler Connolly and company have created. The jury wonât convene until the album is released, but initial indications are good; The first single, âRX,â hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Rock Songs and Mainstream Rock charts.
Meanwhile, Theory has hit the road to thump the drum for whatâs coming -- and reminding fans of its track record of hits such as âBad Girlfriend,â âLowlife,â âSo Happyâ and âHate My Lifeâ...
â˘ Connolly says by phone that the new approach of âWake Up Callâ was partly due to his obtaining a piano at the suggestion of a friend who âwanted to live vicariously through me. She said, âYâknow, you should just buy yourself a grand piano. Iâm like âWhat are you talking about? I donât even know how to play piano!â So I donât know why but I was like, âAlright...ââ I got this beautiful piano and I put it in my house and just started playing and writing songs like Iâd never written songs before. âAnd the songs were so different and the lyrics were so different. It came from a place of complete freedom. It didnât come from a place of, âWhereâs music at right now? Whatâs rock doing?â It was just me sitting at a piano and playing chords and notes and then all of a sudden I come up with one song idea after another. To me this is the most exciting writing process and funnest record Iâve ever done.â
â˘ Connollyâs new direction did set off some alarm bells in certain quarters, however. âI told our management and label (Roadrunner) this wasnât a conscious thing. I wasnât like, âIâm sick of rock. I want to change.â It was the opposite. It wasnât a conscious thing. It was just me finding a place of freedom or happiness, maybe. Something was happening that was great, in my opinion.â
â˘ The single âRXâ was inspired by the prescription drug addiction, and even though it was written prior to Chris Cornellâs death Connolly is confident itâs an eerily appropriate song for the times. âI really wanted to discuss how messed up America is with this prescription drug thing,â he explains. âWhen I got divorced, I went and saw a therapist and the first thing she said was, âI want to put you on some Beta blockers or some sort of anti-depressant stuffâ and Iâm like, âNo! No Way! What? How is that the first thing you want to do?â I just feel like somethingâs wrong and I felt like the song needed to be written and people needed to hear it. It seems like every week something terrible is happening. I mean, Chris Cornell...and when we shot the video for it all these directors we talked to were like, âOh yeah, I had a huge prescription drug problem, so this hits homeâ ad all that stuff. So itâs a really important song and Iâm so happy we get to release it first.â
If You Go:
â˘ Theory Of A Deadman
â˘ Saturday, Oct. 7. Doors open at 7 p.m.
â˘ Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
â˘ Tickets are $51.
â˘ Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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