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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman performs for the SiriusXM's Live Subscriber Event With Theory Of A Dead Man at The Studio At Webster Hall on July 30, 2014 in New York City.

Theory Of A Deadman has announced an October 27 release date for its next album, Wake Up Call — and has woken up fans with the first single and video, “Rx.”

The song has a much more pronounced pop feel than most are used to from the usually hard-rocking Theory, which frontman Tyler Connolly tells us was the result of writing more songs on a piano he acquired last year:

“It came from a place of complete freedom. It didn’t come from a place where a lot of people, including myself…When you sit down and write a new record you go, ‘OK, where’s music right now? What’s rock doing? What haven’t I said yet that I want to say?’ It’s, like, all these things go through your head. This was just me sitting at a piano playing chords and notes and then all of a sudden I come up with a song idea. To me this is the most exciting writing process, funnest record. It’s been nothing but bliss ever since I got that piano.”

 

Connolly acknowledges the direction did raise some eyebrows when he began playing the songs to the rest of the Theory team, however:

“It wasn’t a conscious thing. I told our management and label this wasn’t something (where) I said, ‘I’m sick of rock.  I’m sick of this. I want to change.’ It was the opposite; It was just me finding a place of, like I said, freedom or happiness, maybe…something was happening that was great, in my opinion.”

 

Wake Up Call was produced by Martin Terefe and recorded at his studio in London. Theory has a half-dozen concerts during July and August, with a full-scale tour slated to start September 29 in Minneapolis, with dates booked into mid-November.

 

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