Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman

The Ritz Raleigh, NC
October 5, 2019

Photos by: Michael Macsuga
Review by:Martini Lady

My ears are STILL ringing from a great show Saturday night! Theory didn’t disappoint, delivering on the songs we know and love with a splash of what’s to come on their new album release (“Say Nothing”) January 31, 2020 to start the year off right.


Formed in 2002, Canadian post-grunge, alt-rock band Theory’s headlining tour efforts are solid, holding their own with a growing fan base.  The crowd at The Ritz Raleigh Saturday night spanned about three generations, age-wise, proving that their sound has wide appeal.  


Songs spanning the band’s 16 years-worth of (six) albums were represented:  “Lowlife”, “Not Meant to Be”, “Santa Monica”, “Bitch Came Back”, “Angel”, “Bad Girlfriend”, “Hate My Life”, Rx (Medicate)”…and more, plus a new song released last month “History of Violence” from their upcoming album.   There was something for everyone!


One note on the lighting. While it was dynamic, it would have worked well in a much larger venue.  Being that the The Ritz is small and relatively intimate, the magnitude of the lights behind the band – shining directly toward the crowd – were overpowering, obliterating the band from sight for moments and strobing at times so frequently that they could be considered seizure-producing.   There were some dramatic, moody moments as well – the stage flooded with deep red hues, nice effect.  


Great show and, like everyone else there, I can’t wait for the new album to drop.


Tyler Connolly – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar

Dave Brenner – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals

Dean Back – bass, backing vocals

Joey Dandeneau – drums, backing vocals