After rocking the world stage for over 15 years, Theory of a Deadman isn’t ready to take it easy just yet, even after deciding it was time to pull the plug.
“We had been bugging our agent for a long time to do an acoustic tour, we had some friends’ bands that had done it . . . and they loved it,” said frontman Tyler Connolly. “It’s something we had been doing on tour the last few years where we would put two or three songs in acoustic and then go back . . . so it’s great we’re getting to do a full set now.”
After getting the tour started out west, the band will make a stop at London Music Hall Monday, Nov. 21.
Growing up in what he called the “MTV era,” Connolly was no stranger to the unplugged albums of Nirvana and Alice In Chains, and the acclaim that came along with them.
“I watched some of my other favourite artists and bands do it . . . we wanted to do it too,” he said. “It just seemed cool to kind of take apart your music, break it down and do it differently. It’s been kind of a dream I think, for everybody.”
What band members didn’t want was for the energy to get too low, but based on audience reaction so far, just because they’re unplugged, doesn’t mean the band can’t rock ‘n’ roll.
“From what I’ve heard from the crowd it’s not as laid back as it seems, it’s definitely a rock show,” said Connolly. “That’s pretty cool because I was always a little worried it would be too mellow and people would get a little bored and start yawning. We want to make sure everyone is still having a good time right up until the end.”
With a slew of No. 1 hits and five albums under their belts, a lot has changed for the boys from B.C. since they signed with Chad Kroeger’s 604 Records back in 2001. What hasn’t changed is a bond that has kept the band together for close to 17 years.
“When we started out, we had no idea what we were doing, and now we really know what we want to do,” said Connolly. “It’s interesting since a lot of bands usually end up breaking up or splitting apart because they can’t handle each other. When we say how long we’ve been together, people are dumbfounded we’re still a band. Fact is, it’s better now than it’s ever been.”
Next year the band will head into the studio to record a new album, with a release date set for spring or summer. In the meantime, their holiday single, Hallelujah, dropped Nov. 11.
As far as finding inspiration for the music, Connolly assures fans that’s one thing that has never been in short supply.
“I still love writing songs like you wouldn’t believe,” he said. “A lot of bands become complacent. They’re putting out material and it’s like they’ve almost given up.”
Whether it’s horsing around in behind-the-scenes videos on social media, dressing up for a Halloween show, or playing old school video games in the back of some dive bar, the members of Theory of a Deadman know how good they’ve got it.
“We never take ourselves too seriously,” said Connolly. “We step back and realize we have great lives and we get to play music for a living. The rest is nothing — like they say, don’t sweat the petty stuff.”
Don’t miss the boys on their final dates of 2017. See you on the 24th in Mississauga!
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