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...
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.
The Truth Is..., Theory of a Deadman preserved the sound that fans
worldwide have grown to love on Scars & Souvenirs , Gasoline
, and Theory of a Deadman , 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 Motley Crue 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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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."
Theory of a Deadman found it.
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