Ten years is a short time in the recording industry. Generally, most bands can release three albums and run tours to support said albums in that time. In the ten years since the release of its self-titled debut, Roadrunner Records rockers Theory of a Deadman have actually bucked that trend. The band released its fourth full length studio release, “The Truth Is…” last year. The band has bucked the ten year trend even more with this album in that unlike so many other flash in the pan acts, this most recent album from the Vancouver based rockers has cemented the band’s place in the music industry that much more. It is arguably the band’s best work since its 2002 self-titled debut.
What makes “The Truth Is…” such an impressive opus is its balance of musical and lyrical content. One could argue that “The Truth Is…” is a continuation of the band’s ’08 album, “Scars and Souvenirs.” Given, that album did have some more up tempo pieces. But for the most part, it was more somber, for lack of better wording. This time out though, the band has taken a much different tone all the way around. Frontman Tyler Connolly said of the album, “There are a lot of lyrics that came from going through the roughest period of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever been that beat up physically and emotionally.” He went on to say, “It took me awhile to get better, but as a result, this record is the best work that we’ve done.” He couldn’t be more right. The album reflects everything he went through quite well.
The band’s previous album came across as an initial reaction to a bad relationship and breakup. Now, Connoly and company have crafted on this album, the second side of a breakup. It starts out with the sarcastic, ‘Lowlife’, in which Connolly sings, “No you can’t change something that you don’t understand/I’m livin’ it up, I’m livin’ it up being a lowlife.” He sings about stereotypes of how people perhaps see or even saw him. Whether or not it was intended, it comes across as something of a tongue-in-cheek piece that flips the proverbial middle finger to a certain individual, saying, “I don’t care how you see me. I am who I am and I’m proud to be me. I’m not changing for you” The music that goes with the lyrics make this song a great intro to the album. It’s a perfect match that sets the tone of what’s to come.
As “The Truth Is…” progresses, listeners hear an obvious emotional journey. After the initial sarcastic, pessimism of ‘Lowlife’ and ‘B**** Came Back’ the songs take a noticeably back and forth feel. ‘Huricane’ is a much more introspective song than the album’s opener and its followup. That introspection doesn’t last long, though. When the band breaks in to ‘Gentleman’ the sarcasm and pessimism from earlier comes back full force. However, things change up quite a bit in ‘What Was I Thinking’ and ‘Easy To Love You.’ ‘What Was I Thinking’ is the type of song that would fit into the classic country genre gone rock. Connolly sings here, “Yea, I’ve got a house in every city/I got so much to lose/I’ve got everything any guy could want/But all I really want is you…/Please, please come and save my soul tonight/Please, please come and make everything right.” The entire song is almost remorseful, in comparison to the album’s other songs. And the music, again, is a perfect match to it. It really serves to enhance the emotion of the lyrical content.
The whole story ends with ‘Easy to Love You.” This song is a total 180 from the album’s opener. Instead of being sarcastic and angry, ‘Easy to Love You’ seems to present a character who has finally found love and happiness in life. Connolly sings in this piece, “Cause baby you’re so good to me/You have all that I ever need/It’s easy to love you/So easy to love you”…The best part of being with you you’re easy to love.” It’s a drastic change from how this emotional journey started out. But it’s a happy ending to the journey, too. It reminds listeners that there is hope for everyone. In the grand scheme of things, every one of the songs on this album are relateable to listeners of all ages. Who out there hasn’t been through a nasty breakup and felt the emotions expressed here? Add in music that perfectly compliments each song, and audiences get an album that proves Theory of a Deadman isn’t planning on going anywhere any time soon. And the fact that the band is going to be at Rocklahoma this week along with some of the industry’s biggest bands is even more proof of that.
The band’s stop at Rocklahoma is just one of many dates that the band has to come for the remainder of its U.S. tour. Fans can keep check on the band’s remaining tour dates online at http://www.theoryofadeadman.com/tourdates. Fans can also keep up with the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theoryofadeadman.
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