How does one quantify a band like Theory of a Deadman? We, the label obsessed masses, striving to put everyone and everything in its safe place. Are they metal? Are they post-grunge? Are they simply hard rock? I say yes to all of the above and more. Call them alternative metal or any variation on a theme. I slip them right in there with bands like Alice in Chains. They play an eclectic mix of heavy rock, acoustic pop, and anything else which strikes their musical muse. It doesn’t matter what you label them though, they simply fucking rock, which is reason enough to stop, look, and listen.
This weekend I had a chance to catch up with the guys in Boise, Idaho as they wrap up the current North American leg of their two-years-and-counting, Scars and Souvenirs tour. On the road with them, are Halestorm, Adelitas Way and Taking Dawn. T.O.A.D. guitarist Dave Brenner calls this one of the best tours he’s been on. The band has been so happy (not to steal their song title) with it, they are dragging Halestorm overseas with them for the next leg of the tour.
The band has had no end of success with Scars and Souvenirs, a 13-track monster that has already been re-released in an expanded edition. The album has yielded eight singles so far, including the latest, “Little Smirk.” So it will be no small feat for the band to create their next record, which the band thinks should be out sometime next year.
After kicking singer/guitarist Tyler Connolly and the band’s affable tour manager, Ivan, from the dressing room, Dave sat down with me for a quick interview after the band’s meet and greet soundcheck. We discussed the Olympics in their hometown of Vancouver B.C., Alice in Chains, Scars and Souvenirs, the upcoming European tour, and even some hockey.
So settle in for some heavy rockin’, Canuck style…