Theory brings variety to The Republik
BY STEVEN MARK / firstname.lastname@example.org
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
Presented by BAMP Project
» Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
Theory of a Deadman, a Canadian rock band that dabbles in everything from acoustic to alternative to country, hits The Republik this weekend.
The Vancouver, B.C., band formed in 2001 and received a Juno — Canada’s equivalent of a Grammy — for New Group of the Year in 2003. Its eponymous debut album contained the hit single “Make Up Your Mind.” That effort was followed by “Gasoline,” which received a Juno nomination for Rock Album of the Year.
Theory of a Deadman’s third album, “Scars and Souvenirs,” was released in 2008 and was certified gold in less than a year, with the single “Not Meant to Be” going platinum. The song, along with tunes like “Bad Girlfriend” and “All or Nothing,” takes a rather pessimistic view on relationships that some see as borderline misogynistic, but it might just reflect a darkly cynical view of life. After all, the group’s name comes from the single “The Last Song,” a song about a man preparing to commit suicide. It was originally called “Theory of a Deadman” until the group renamed it and took the name for itself.
On the other hand, the band also has a quirky side, as shown in its new single “Blow.” The video for the song has the band members dressed like a mariachi band and singing around a campfire that they “want to blow my (expletive) head off” and complaining that “the world has gone officially insane.”
The group consists of founding members Tyler Connolly (guitars, lead vocals), Dave Brenner (guitar) and Dean Back (bass), with Joey Dandeneau joining the group in 2009 on drums.