Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian rock band from Delta, British Columbia. Formed in 2001, the band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. The band also includes traits of other music styles, such as country and acoustic, as well as their post-grunge and alternative rock base. They have had a total of eight top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including three No. 1 hits, "Bad Girlfriend", "Lowlife" and "Rx (Medicate)".


Early years & self-titled album (2001-2003)

Theory of a Deadman became the first act to sign with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's 604 Records imprint in 2001. They released their eponymous debut album Theory of a Deadman on September 17, 2002. The name of the band comes from a song from their first album, whose lyrics describe a man preparing to commit suicide. That track was later renamed "The Last Song".[2]

Gasoline (2005-2007)

On March 29, 2005, Theory of a Deadman released their second album, Gasoline. After the release of the album, the band toured with Shinedown and No Address. Starting on March 1, 2005, Theory began a promotional tour, headlined by Breaking Benjamin and The Exies. Songs from Gasoline appeared in the soundtrack of the 2005 video game Fahrenheit, which was released under the title Indigo Prophecy in the United States.

The band performed the theme song to World Wrestling Entertainment's No Way Out 2006 pay-per-view, a cover version of "Deadly Game" from the WWE Anthology album. The song was released on the WWE Wreckless Intent album. They also did a cover of "No Chance In Hell", the theme song for WWE chairman Vince McMahon. The song was released on WWE The Music, Vol. 8 on March 25, 2008.[3] They also performed the theme song for the 2011 edition of the WWE pay-per-view SummerSlam.

Scars & Souvenirs (2008-2009)

On April 1, 2008, Theory of a Deadman released their third album, Scars & Souvenirs, from which they released eight singles: "So Happy", "By the Way", "Little Smirk", "Bad Girlfriend", "All or Nothing", "Hate My Life", "Not Meant to Be", and "Wait for Me". The song "By the Way" features vocals from Chris Daughtry and Robin Diaz. On April 6, 2008, they appeared at the Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta, after making various stops across Canada in a promotion known as Journey to the Junos.

Theory also performed in the 96th Grey Cup halftime show, along with Suzie McNeil and Andree Watters, on November 23, 2008.[6] Along with Hinder, they supported Mötley Crüe during the 2008/2009 tour. They also played at Crüe Fest 2.[7]

Total Nonstop Action used Theory of a Deadman's song "Got it Made", from the album Scars & Souvenirs, for their special 2008 year review video. The song later went on to be used by Sun Sports for Miami Heat post-game video recaps during the 2010-11 season. It was also used in the NASCAR 09 video game.

On April 9, 2009, Scars & Souvenirs was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales reaching 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.[5] In 2009, singer Tyler recorded a dance song called "Loaded Gun" with the Belgian DJ Regi Penxten.

The Truth Is... (2010-2012)

In late 2010, it was announced that the band would start recording their fourth studio album, which was projected to be released in mid-2011. It was then confirmed by Tyler Connolly, that the band's fourth album would be released on July 12, 2011.[13] The first single from the album, "Lowlife", was released on May 17, 2011.[2] The title of the upcoming album was announced to be The Truth Is...[2]

In 2011, Theory co-headlined the second annual Carnival of Madness Tour with Alter Bridge. The supporting bands were Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way, and Emphatic. The band contributed a new song, which was co-written with The Exies singer Scott Stevens, called "Head Above Water", to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, which was released on June 14, 2011. Another track titled "Drag Me to Hell" was made available for free through the official Roadrunner Records website on June 16, 2011.[2] The second official single, "Out Of My Head", was released on June 14, 2011.

Savages & Angel Acoustic EP (2013-2016)

On November 9, 2013, it was confirmed via Theory's Twitter page that pre-production on their fifth album had started. In January 2014, they stated that they were "finishing up record number 5 next week" with release dates and news soon to come. In April 2014, Theory of a Deadman announced that a new single titled "Drown", would be released in April, with their new album Savages released in July.[2] The song "Panic Room" from the album would serve as the theme song for WWE's October pay-per-view Hell in a Cell.[2]

On April 28, 2015 the band released a 5 track acoustic EP titled Angel. On 11 November 2016, the band released a cover of the song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen, a tribute to his death on the 7th of the same month. [2]

Wake Up Call (2017-present)

In January 2017, the band announced they were in London recording their sixth studio album. On February 10, 2017, the band released a cover of Sting's single "Shape Of My Heart." On March 17, 2017, the band released a cover of "Cold Water" by Major Lazer. On July 27 The band announced that the album will be titled Wake Up Call and it will be released on October 27. The first single, "Rx (Medicate)", was released the same day, and in October 2017, topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock Songs chart [2]

The lead song on the track, "RX" handles the topic of prescription drug addiction. Lead singer Connolly said the following about that song: “I really wanted to discuss how messed up America is with this prescription drug thing."

“When I got divorced, I went and saw a therapist and the 1st thing she says is, ‘I want to put you on some...stuff’ and I’m like, ‘No! No way! What? How is that the 1st thing you want to do?’

“I just feel like something’s are wrong and I felt like the song needed to be written and people needed to hear it. It seems like every week something terrible is happening. I mean, Chris Cornell…and when we shot the video for it, all these directors we talked to were like, ‘Oh yes, I had a huge prescription drug problem, so this hits home’ and all that stuff. So it’s a really important song and I’m so happy we get to release it first.”[2]


Band members

  • Tyler Connolly – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar (2001–present)
  • Dave Brenner – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Dean Back – bass, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Joey Dandeneau - drums, backing vocals (2009–present)

Former members

  • Tim Hart – drums, backing vocals (2001–2004)
  • Brent Fitz – drums, backing vocals (2004–2007)
  • Robin Diaz – drums, backing vocals (2007–2009)



Juno Awards

Juno Awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Theory of a Deadman has received one award and two other nominations.[2]

2006Theory of a DeadmanGroup of the YearNominated
2006GasolineRock Album of the YearNominated
2003Theory of a DeadmanNew Group of the YearWon

Western Canadian Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Awards are given out by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, a consortium of music industry associations from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Yukon Territory. Theory of a Deadman has received one WCMA award and two other nominations.[2]

2009Scars & SouvenirsRock Recording of the YearWon
2005GasolineOutstanding Rock RecordingNominated
2003Theory of a DeadmanOutstanding Rock RecordingNominated

BMI Pop Awards

"Not Meant to Be," written by band members Connolly, Brenner, and Back (along with Kara DioGuardi), was named a 2010 BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Song.