Theory of a Deadman @ House of Blues
Houston is a city known for it’s work ethic. The oil comes in and out of the ports and this is a 7 days a week type of thing. With that being said, you don’t really hear about the fact that in on the day of sabbath we, the Houstonians, are still partying our asses off. There’s a million ways to say it. “No rest for the wicked.” “All work and no play…” It comes down to this; we work hard and play the same. Sunday night at the House of Blues was no different. Theory of a Deadman rolled into town and brought promising acts that helped the show get started just right.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota newcomers “3 Pill Morning” opened up the show. They are one of these solid radio rock bands that if guided right, they will be able to gain the same type of status that you see from the likes of bands that are currently performing on Houston’s very own radio fest Buzzfest. The stage performance was right on point. While they are new comers to the national stage(they have only been national for 2 years) you can tell they have been together for much longer than that. Singer Jeff Stebbins kept the crowd’s hands in the air while guitarist Aaron Peterson was constantly inches away from the barricade. The rhythm section was no slouch on the stage either. Bassist Ryan Lee carried backing vocals all the while throwing his 4 string prs all over the place. Trent Laugerman made sure that everything was nice, tight, and fu••ing loud at all times. It was a really good way to open the show. My only gripe was the fact that they included random electronica as “musical breaks”. I’m fine with the breaks and I’m fine with the electronica in a rock show. I think it’s only needed if it flows in the set though.
Swamp rock boys “Shaman’s Harvest” was next up. These guys have been around for a while, though I had never heard of them(not usual) until this night. When you see these boys you instantly get that Lynard Skynard on crack feel. We’re talking ripped bell bottoms and Clutch style chugging with a bit of blues solos. Thats a lie there was a lot of muddy waters all over the place. I say that in the best figurative way possible. While there wasn’t a ton of movement on the stage from most of the crew bassist Matt Fisher had no problem going off at any chance he could. Singer Nathan Hunt was great at interacting with the crowd after they rolled out their first 3 songs. I would have to say the highlight, for me at least, would have to have been their rendition of MJ’s “Dirty Diana”. You can catch that on their newest release “Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns”. It’s one of the most solid recreations of an MJ song I’ve heard and I couldn’t help but just stare at the precision at which they pulled this song off. These guys were a great opener for what was to come next from the raunch rockers Theory.
Theory of a Deadman walked and started the show off as they always do, with a fu••ing bang. Since they are on their new album release tour cycle I figured they would bust out with new music right away but alas they made the Houston crowd salivate while they kicked off the show with So Happy & Lowlife. It wasn’t until their fourth song in the set that they kicked in with their Alice Cooper tinged song “Savages”. It’s definitely a heavier look on the sound that Theory of a Deadman wears but it looked good and the crowd enjoyed it just as much. Their set continued on and singer Tyler Connoly, as usual, sounded amazing. The big surprise of the night was when they did the STP cover “Interstate Love Song”. This was a great version of the song and had everyone singing along. As they continued to rock Houston out that Sunday night they ran through other songs like “No Surpise”, the Alice in Chains influenced “Drown”, and sing along song “Santa Monica”. As the show came to an end it couldn’t be a complete Theory of a Deadman show with out the likes of their infamous song “Bad Girlfriend.” You always save the best for last and that they did.
Theory of a Deadman are currently touring the US in support of their newest record “Savages” and I highly recommend that you check out the show! If not for Theory then definitely for the likes of Shaman’s Harvest & 3 Pill Morning. Some shows even have WWE superstar Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy rocking out the crowds. I would be lying if I didn’t say that them not being there that night wasn’t upsetting. Still they show that Houston got this last Sunday was pretty amazing!