On September 25 2019, Theory of a Deadman announced their seventh album, Say Nothing, which was released on January 31, 2020; the news coincided with the release of the first single, accompanied by its music video, "History of Violence", a song that addresses domestic violence. "Strangers" was the second song to be released from Say Nothing and was released on November 8; the track examines the polarizing effect of politics on society and how current events are creating a new generation of activists. It was released simultaneously with an official animated music video.
"Turned out the girl was riding between the bus and trailer for hundreds of miles. She showed up at the next show and we called the cops."
What first got you into music?
D: I first started getting into playing music in high school. I remember loving music my whole life, my parents’ Beatles albums, Elvis, Eagles records, but it was in the 90’s when I started listening to Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and then my fave: Alice In Chains. When I heard AiC, it wasn’t enough to just hear it, I had to know how he was making those sounds. And so I started playing guitar.
What is the band’s creative process like?
D: Tyler writes and demo’s the songs at his home studio. And once we’re in the studio, we work with the producer Martin Terefe to find the right feel and identity of the songs. Then we fiddle around a bit and see what parts and sounds and space each of us can bring to the table.
If you could collaborate with anyone, alive or dead, who would that be?
D: I guess if I can choose someone alive or dead, I ought to choose dead, as I still may have the chance to collaborate with some of my still living idols. For me, it would have to be Layne Staley of Alice In Chains/Mad Season. I just love his voice and I think he had so much amazing material left to produce! What an amazing experience it would be to be a part of that.
What’s the wildest thing that has happened, other than the coronavirus, while touring?
D: One of the wildest things that has ever happen to us while touring happened maybe in 2005/06. We were touring in a bus with a trailer full of gear towed behind us. A few shows in a row, we had some strange girl show up when the guys were loading the gear in, and we're talking 500 miles from the last show. One night while we were driving from one show to the next, we were caravan’ing with the other busses, and when we pulled off the highway to fuel up, the driver behind us radio’d up to our driver and said a person just bailed off the trailer hitch between our bus and trailer and rolled into the bushes. Turned out the girl was riding between the bus and trailer for hundreds of miles. She showed up at the next show and we called the cops.
What’s the story behind the name Theory of A Deadman?
D: The name Theory of a Deadman was a song title from our first record. The song ended up being called "The Last Song," and we used Theory of a Deadman as our band name. The song was about a guy who was contemplating taking his own life, and wrote a list of all the things he would miss, and in a sense talked himself out of it.
What is your favorite song to perform so far?
D: I love performing "World Keeps Spinning" from the new album, Say Nothing. New music is always the most fun to perform, and that’s my fave from the new album, so I’m really enjoying playing it live!
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
D: Best advice I’ve been given…it’s so tough to say, there’s been lots over the years. For me though, it’s less what I’ve been told and more what I’ve seen by people I view as pioneers in my industry. Nikki Sixx, for example, when we toured with Motley Crue, he pulled us into his dressing room early on in the tour and told us that we were important to the tour, and he was happy we were here, and to personally let him know if we ever felt like we weren’t being treated well. I thought, how cool is this guy, who doesn’t have to do this, still taking the time to make us feel welcome. It was a lesson, a masterclass in fact.
What is one message you would give to any new musicians?
D: What I recommend to young musicians or bands is to keep writing songs. We’ve always believed that if you have great songs, then everything else will fall into place. You’ll become a tight live band when you play 200 plus shows in your first year of touring! And the label will make your ugly mug pretty. But if you can write great songs, you can have a career in music!