It has been said that the difference between a grave and a rut is only a few inches. In light of that, the difference between an off night and a doomed career may only be a few shows. The key element of a good band is their ability to hold the audience’s attention in any environment. Unfortunately, this was not evident April 12 at the Theory of a Deadman show at the Galaxy in St. Louis.
A good portion of the blame rested on the Galaxy’s shoulders due to a weak set-up, the fact that there was no alcohol being served on the premises (they lost their liquor license) and people kept leaving to drink elsewhere, and the TV show, Jackass was being shown on the big screen TV during the show. Whatever the reason, Theory of a Deadman definitely had a tough time keeping the audience’s attention.
Despite the distractions, the band shows promise. Their sound resembles that of Nickelback with sharp lyrics, contagious choruses, and raw rock. This could be because Chad Kroeger, frontman for Nickelback, signed Theory of a Deadman to his 604 Records label, co-produced their debut CD, and co-wrote six of the ten songs. The high point of the evening was when they broke into their rendition of Midnight Rider. The crowd (only 100 people or so) went crazy. Even those watching Jackass turned their heads.
It isn’t talent or ability this band lacks, but originality. Theory of a Deadman has the potential and the resources to become a huge success, but they must let go of Kroeger’s coattails to make it happen. And a more supportive venue couldn’t hurt either.