Music fans wanting truth, risk-taking and a “take-it-or-leave-it” swagger in their rock won’t be disappointed in an upcoming show at The Country Club.
Platinum-selling Theory of a Deadman will play April 11 at the venue, located at 2834 Washington Road, supported by Pop Evil and Stellar Revival.
“I think we’ve always been tongue-in-cheek over the last five years, and really, rock ’n’ roll should be fun,” said Tyler Connolly, the lead vocalist for the band, in a phone interview. “It’s just about having fun, and rock ’n’ roll should be a good-spirited time, getting drunk, having a great time with friends and having good memories.”
Calling Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, home (but with members dispersed across the west), the band’s album The Truth Is … features Lowlife, a track with solid riffs cheering the everyday stiffs who take life as it comes and live to the fullest.
“I guess it just became an anthem for the blue collar,” Connolly said. “We’ve toured so many cities, states and countries, we have a lot of blue-collar fans driving Trans Ams with not a lot of money. These are our people.”
FLORIDA NATIVES and supporting act Stellar Revival had their first single, The Crazy Ones, released March 20, and their debut album, Love, Lust, and Bad Company will drop May 8.
The Crazy Ones was inspired by the famous “Think Different” commercials by Apple during the 1990s, said vocalist Rino Cerbone in a phone interview.
“Steve Jobs was kind of an inspiration,” Cerbone said. “He had just passed away, and we’re big Apple nerds. We took that and we thought deeper about people who don’t take no for an answer, dream really big, who want something and go for it.”
The album isn’t all hard rocking anthems – Shattered, a piano ballad, recounts being devastated by a breakup, even as “the love still runs through my veins.”
“Our album is all truth, and that’s something we take pride in,” Cerbone said. “Shattered is based on my personal events, and with that whole song, I knew I wanted to show another side of the band and myself. I didn’t want to be known as the rocker on stage just running around, all testosterone-driven. It’s cool to show the other side of you.”
Playing live is thrilling for the band, he said.
“Once we hit the stage, there’s something that just takes over us … it makes us get into something like of a beast mode, just really pumped up,” Cerbone said. “We hope to make our mark in that we melt your face off, and at the same time sing a couple of ballads and make you cry – the girls and the guys.”
Also hitting the stage is Pop Evil, a band conjuring merging rock hooks of the ’70s, hair metal of the ’80s and grunge of the ’90s.