Today’s Song of the Day comes courtesy of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Theory of a Deadman[/lastfm].
Oh, those silly Canadians with their crazy band names. Gotta love ‘em.
Sometimes all it takes is a chance meeting.
In 2001, Theory of a Deadman singer Tyler Connolly happened to meet fellow Canadian rocker Chad Kroeger at a post-concert party. Connolly managed to slip his band’s demo tape to the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nickelback [/lastfm] frontman, and the rest, they say, is history.
Kroeger began working with Theory of a Deadman and soon signed them to his label, 604 Records. In 2002, they released their self-titled debut album. The album went platinum in their home country and peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200. Theory of a Deadman gave the band their first Top 20 hits on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart with “Nothing Could Come Between Us” and “Make Up Your Mind.” The latter also brought the band recognition in the U.K.
Theory of a Deadman’s sophomore effort, Gasoline, was released in 2005. The single, “No Surprise,” became the band’s first #1 in Canada and went to #8 in the States. Four of the album’s songs were featured in the video game, Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in the U.S.).
Following Gasoline‘s release, Theory of a Deadman hit the road and toured with the likes of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Shinedown[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Breaking Benjamin[/lastfm], proving to audiences and critics they were more than just Nickelback copycats.
The band’s biggest success came in 2008 with their third album, Scars & Souvenirs. The album, whose title refers to the ups and downs in one’s life, sold a million copies in the States and landed in the top spot on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. Scars & Souvenirs spawned eight singles, including the #1 rock hit, “Bad Girlfriend,” and the Adult Top 40 crossovers, “All or Nothing” and “Not Meant to Be.”
After a stint as the opening act for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Motley Crue[/lastfm], Theory of a Deadman returned to the studio to begin work on their fourth album. The Truth Is was released on July 12, 2011. It sold 38,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200. The album, inspired by Tyler Connolly’s divorce, received mostly positive reviews, with one critic calling it “one of the best rock records.” The single, “Out of My Head,” was recently released to radio, and it’s Jack’s Song of the Day.
Theory of a Deadman are currently co-headlining the Carnival of Madness tour with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alter Bridge[/lastfm], and in September, they’ll be out on the road opening for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]3 Doors Down[/lastfm].
Here’s an acoustic performance of Theory of a Deadman’s smash hit, “Not Meant to Be.” Sometimes you just don’t need to go electric.
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