Gig Review and Photography by Kate Snape

Theory of a Deadman

Tonight playing to a sold out crowd at the Manchester Academy 2 are Canadian rockers, Theory of a Deadman. 10 years since releasing their first record and 5 albums later, its nice the see the band finally getting the recognition they deserve from UK audiences.

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The band took to the darkened stage and stormed straight into a T.O.A.D favourite, ‘So Happy’, and then smashed their way through the track ‘Panic Room’ off their 2014 album ‘Savages’. Another favourite, ‘Low life’ was up next, before the band slowed the pace down just a touch with one of TOAD’s many heartfelt breakup songs ‘All or Nothing’, After a quick chat to the crowd from format man Tyler, the venue was filled with the sounds of pre recorded news reports and headlines before the band started into another new track ‘Blow’ with lyrics directly aimed at all the pointless celebrities that fill our media today.

Theory of a Deadman

‘Not meant to be’ was up next, followed by ‘Bitch Came Back’, the room filled with the crowd chanting the lyrics right back at the band. Tyler stopped to talk to the audience, telling the history of the band and how they enjoyed touring in the UK with some big artists but love doing their own tour as they can do something a bit different. With that, they left the stage and returned with acoustic guitars, playing their own acoustic rendition of the Stone Temple Pilots song, ‘Interstate Love Song’ and then an acoustic version of their own song from their 2005 Gasoline album ‘No Surprise’.

Theory of a Deadman

Next, Joey Dandeneau woo’d the crowd with a fantastically skilled and complex drum solo, before the rest of the band rejoined him and played some crowd pleasers including ‘better off’ ‘Angels’ and ‘Drowns’.

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Tyler spoke to the crowd telling them that the next track was his favourite, a TOAD classic, ‘Santa Monica’. The tempo picked up with ‘hate my life’, the crowd raising the roof, before the band left the stage, leaving the crowd screaming for more.

Theory of a Deadman

They soon returned to the deafening sounds of their fans for the encore, playing two of their most loved songs, ‘Invisible Man’ and finishing off a fantastic night with the kick ass ‘Bad Girlfriend’.

Theory of a Deadman

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