Theory of a Deadman promises straight-up rock music at Tupelo gig

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The guys of Theory of a Deadman are enjoying the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.
Theory of a Deadman plays about 200 shows across North America every year, taking only a little time off to write its albums. The Canadian rockers have spent much of 2009 on tour with Daughtry, and the guys are looking forward to seeing more of the highways in 2010.
“We’re talking now about putting some kind of headlining tour together for January and February,” said guitarist David Brenner. “We’ve been touring for eight years and playing 200-plus shows a year, so it’s second nature to us now.”

‘Scars and Souvenirs’
Theory of a Deadman has been on tour to promote its third record, “Scars and Souvenirs.” With just three albums out in almost 10 years and so many frequent flyer miles, it would seem Theory of a Deadman prefers the road. Brenner said both the road and the studio have their advantages.
“I think of myself as maybe both (a studio person and a tour person), but I definitely have more fun on stage,” he said. “It’s not something you should be feeling nervous about. I screw up every night, and that’s what makes every show unique and individual.”
It’s that attitude that keeps Theory of a Deadman, and its music, honest.
“We’re a no frills, no gimmicks rock band. We try to play our songs and play them as well as possible. I like to think of it as, we’re not one of those entertaining bands, we’re like to think of ourselves as musicians in a band. I let the music do what it does, and it comes through me, and I let people get an honest show,” he said.
Brenner invites all rock fans to check out Theory of a Deadman live.
“Come out and have fun for a night, have a few drinks and listen to some rock music,” he said. “These days rock is all about having fun and forgetting everyday problems.”

See ‘em live
Who: Daughtry, Theory of a Deadman, Cavo
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday
Where: BancorpSouth Arena
Cost: $39.50 and $29.50 plus service charge
Info: bcsarena.com or (662) 841-6528