13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When grunge breeds with mainstream hard rock, the offspring looks something like Theory of a Deadman. On Gasoline, the band’s initial connection with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger is downplayed as the Canadian combo further defines its own identity. Singer/guitarist Tyler Connolly’s angst-ridden snarl achieves nuance, particularly on country-tinged numbers like “In the Middle” and “Hello Lonely (Walk Away From This).” Other tracks, like “Hating Hollywood” and “Say Goodbye,” allow him to vent his bottomless spleen with less subtlety and more primal rage. The band’s aggression is channeled into some appealing outlets, including bouncy-yet-crunchy pop (“No Surprise”) and ragged balladry (“Santa Monica”). But for all their market-friendliness, the album’s songs are almost unremittingly bitter towards the opposite sex — from the scarred survival anthem “Quiver” to the short, nasty and funny “Hell Just Ain’t the Same,” the band doesn’t display much faith in love. The music’s sting is intensified by TOAD’s improved musicianship, with Connolly and co-guitarist Dave Brenner leavening their pummeling electric riffs with acoustic interludes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When grunge breeds with mainstream hard rock, the offspring looks something like Theory of a Deadman. On Gasoline, the band’s initial connection with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger is downplayed as the Canadian combo further defines its own identity. Singer/guitarist Tyler Connolly’s angst-ridden snarl achieves nuance, particularly on country-tinged numbers like “In the Middle” and “Hello Lonely (Walk Away From This).” Other tracks, like “Hating Hollywood” and “Say Goodbye,” allow him to vent his bottomless spleen with less subtlety and more primal rage. The band’s aggression is channeled into some appealing outlets, including bouncy-yet-crunchy pop (“No Surprise”) and ragged balladry (“Santa Monica”). But for all their market-friendliness, the album’s songs are almost unremittingly bitter towards the opposite sex — from the scarred survival anthem “Quiver” to the short, nasty and funny “Hell Just Ain’t the Same,” the band doesn’t display much faith in love. The music’s sting is intensified by TOAD’s improved musicianship, with Connolly and co-guitarist Dave Brenner leavening their pummeling electric riffs with acoustic interludes.

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About Theory of a Deadman

Vancouver, Canada's Theory of a Deadman became the first act to sign with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's 604 Records imprint in 2001. Tyler Connolly (vocals/guitar) reportedly slipped a copy of the band's demo to Kroeger at a post-concert party and the two were soon collaborating on songs together. One of these, "Invisible Man," was used as the B-side for 2002's wildly successful Spider-Man theme "Hero" (a Kroeger collaboration with Saliva singer Josey Scott), and anticipated Theory of a Deadman's self-titled debut the same year. Also featuring Dave Brenner (guitar), Dean Back (bass), and Tim Hart (drums), the album's hook-laden, emotional hard rock sounded very similar to their celebrity benefactor's band; almost disturbingly so, actually. But a healthy touring work load and simple maturation ultimately helped Theory of a Deadman break out of that confining stylistic box for their more varied and distinctive sophomore effort, Gasoline, which was recorded with session drummer Robin Diaz. The trio later tapped veteran journeyman Brent Fitz (formerly of Union and Vince Neil's solo band) as their new permanent touring drummer. Theory of a Deadman returned to the studio in 2007 to record their third album, Scars and Souvenirs, which was produced by Howard Benson. The album was released in April 2008, and was certified gold in less than a year. The hard-hitting Canadian rockers' fourth studio album, The Truth Is..., which was preceded by the single "Lowlife," dropped on July 12, 2011, and was followed by a co-headlining tour with Alter Bridge under the banner the Carnival of Madness, which also included Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, and Emphatic. In 2014, the bandmembers announced they were working on an album, and a new single, "Drown," arrived in April of that year. Their fifth album, Savages, followed in July of 2014. In October 2017 the band released a music video for the song "Rx" in anticipation of the arrival of the full-length Wake Up Call, which dropped later that month. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • ORIGIN
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana
  • FORMED
    2001

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