Gig Of The Week: Theory Of A Deadman
BAND: Theory Of A Deadman
WHERE: Leeds Metropolitan University
WHEN: Saturday, April 3Canada’s Theory Of A Deadman are about to tour the UK for the second time in a matter of months. And their popularity is certainly on the increase, with some venues having to be upgraded, due to ticket demand.
“We’re happy to be in that situation, of course,” says guitarist/vocalist Tyler Connolly – the rest of the band are rhythm guitarist Dave Brenner, bassist Dean Back and drummer Joey Dandeneau – “and these will also be the last shows we do before starting to get into writing our next album.
“The reason we left it so long before coming over was that our label (Roadrunner) wanted us to concentrate on North America (where the band’s current album, Scars & Souvenirs, got into the Top 30).”
TOAD, as they’re affectionately known, will litter the live set with their hits, but might also throw in one or two surprises.
“Because of website like YouTube, everyone has seen the videos we’ve done, so they’ll expect us to play the big songs. But, what impressed us the last time we were here was that so many of the fans knew our more obscure stuff; again, that’s down to the internet. So we may well try a couple of songs out live we’ve not done here before.”
One thing Theory Of A Deadman have had to battle against are the inevitable comparisons with fellow Canadians Nickelback. It’s something Connolly’s become philosophical about.
“It happened in America, but now we’ve won over people, who realise we’re not Nickelback clones. But in the UK that still gets hammered. However, give it time and we’ll get our point through.”
Connolly is keen that the band come back over sooner rather than later with the next album.
“What would really suit us is to get the support slot on a big tour. But it’s not easy to find the right one. We kinda fit in somewhere between Abba and Bullet For My Valentine! However, opening for a major band would out us in front of so many more people than we could hope to draw on our own. Headlining’s great, but if you wanna keep growing, then you have to be in front of thousands, not hundreds.”
After Leeds, the TOAD tour heads to:
April 4: Glasgow O2 ABC
April 6: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
April 7: Liverpool Academy
April 8: London Electric Ballroom
Find out more at www.theoryofadeadman.com