Theory Of A Deadman
April 29, 2005
Dave Brenner
Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?

Dave: It used to be a song that's now called "The Last Song" off our first record and I guess we just changed the name of the song when
we were done pre-production and didn't have a band name. We had a record deal before we had a band name. So I guess Dean just said
why don't we use Theory Of A Deadman as our band name and we were like yeah that sounds cool. That's the story pretty much behind
that.

Katrina: What have you learned while touring?

Dave: Wow I've learned a lot, fell like I've learned how to play guitar better. Feel like I've learned not to take where I live for granted and to
enjoy the time I get to spend at home that's for sure. I don't know I think you learn no matter what you're doing. We just happened to
spend a lot of time on the road we learn a lot while we're one the road. I don't know if we necessarily learn because we're on the road. I
think we all learn how to put on a better show and that's something that comes with time. Every time you play you get a little bit better so
those kinds of things.

Katrina: Who are your musical influences growing up and have they changed?

Dave: I'm a big fan of the whole Seattle sound. We're from Vancouver so we're two hours away from Seattle and so I was big in and I mean
I was getting into music in the early 90's. Alice In Chains, Sound Garden, Pearl Jam, those bands are all my favorite. I don't think they
changed much. Obviously I do listen to newer stuff that comes out but I like a lot of the new stuff. I like heavier stuff. I like heavier bands
and stuff like that. I don't know. I like everything. It's hard I think being in a band has made me more open to listening to other bands where
as I might not have listened to them had I never been in a band so that might be strange. That's how I feel, I listen to everything now, I give
everything a good chance, I like a lot of what I hear. My influences though, I don't think they will ever change. I'm still a Jerry Cantrell
fanatic so I learned how to play guitar playing Alice In Chains songs so he's always been my favorite. I don't even want to meet him, I know
that if I do it might change things.

Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour/work with?

Dave: I think right now some of my favorite bands are Audioslave, or Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters, bands like that would be awesome for
us to your with. Not only because I'm a fan of those bands but because I think they're fans would appreciate our music and I think it would
be a good audience so those are three bands I would love to work with right now.

Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?

Dave: I don't write any lyrics all I do is write some music. But for me it's just, I never sit down with the intent to write, when I'm playing my
guitar and just goof around and play stuff and every now and again you write a cool riff and then you keep it. I've never sat down with the
intent of writing a song because whenever you do that it just never works. Sometimes you just, it's got to be like in the right mood you
know it's got to be no too light, not too dark. I don't know. I find that I write the best when I'm in a different situation like if I'm doing the
same thing all the time, trying to write in my bedroom or something every time because it never changes, I never get creative. But if I got to
some weird area that I've never been or I go to the beach and sit on a log or something those are the kinds of times I feel most creative
personally. I don't know what other people do but that's what I do.
     
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play? (Outdoor, Club ...)

Dave: I like playing clubs. I just think that because I'm such a fan of music I think about where I like to see bands and I like to see bands in
clubs. I imagine that people are probably the same because they're really intimate, not too many people you get to play for a small group of
people and I feel like it's a lot easier to connect with the fans and I know that when I would go to a show it was so much easier to connect
with the band in a small venue like that so that's my favorite. I like everything, it's cool to play for 30,000 people at a festival but I still would
rather play for 500 people at a small club. That's cool.

Katrina: What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Dave: I have embarrassing moments on stage probably 50% of the time. Because I'll do stupid stuff all the time, I've fallen off the front of
the stage and it's got to the point where I've had to stop playing and windmill my arms so I wouldn't fall. I'll step on a monitor at the front of
the stage and it will bend over real quick and I'll crash into the ground. I've played once when my shoe fell off. Stupid stuff happens on
stage all the time. I never get too embarrassed about it because it's going to happen, it is probably the most embarrassing stuff that can
happen.

Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?

Dave: My most memorable moment. I think one of my most memorable moments is just when I was able to quit my old job and since then I
haven't had to work, I've just been able to play music. I mean there's memorable moments all the time. To jam with Zakk Wylde which was
an amazing time for me. Just seeing bands, meeting bands is cool. It's all just memorable I think from day one when we got our record
deal and I got to stop, I didn't have to work anymore and from then on it's been memorable for me.

Katrina: What’s the nicest or craziest thing a fan has done for you?

Dave: We got some pretty crazy fans. I don't know. People always do stuff for use, they bake us lasagna or something. You know crazy
stuff like that. That's sort of scary. You know it's cool because they're doing it because they're fans but at the same time you feel a little
leery about eating it or something. But we get brownies, cakes, oh man people bring us t-shirts, all sorts of stuff. They do all sorts of crazy
stuff like that. And it's cool, we appreciate it at the same time I mean would you eat cake that some stranger baked for you? It's a little
strange, I still appreciate the thought.

Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?

Dave: I've got a few, I like playing rockers because I feel like I get more into them and the crowd can enjoy them more so we play a few
rockers that I like to play. There's a song off the new record called "Better Off" that I love to play live because we get the crowd into it and
everything. It's a lot of fun. But then I have some old favorites too. I like to play "Leg To Stand On" off of the old record and "Any Other
Way" off of the old record. I've got a lot of favorite songs to perform and you know it changes night to night too. A lot of the times whatever
song the crowd is into is the one that's my favorite that night.

Katrina: What song do you think gets the best response?

Dave: Different crowds like different stuff. But some crowds are here to see us for the new album, some for the old, some for both. But I
think right now one song that people love is "Better Off" and "No Surprise" our new single has been getting huge reactions too. Because I
think a lot of people that come out to our show now never owned our first record and they're coming out because they like our new single.
So I think that's another song that's getting some good reactions from the crowds.

Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?

Dave:  I don't know. We're all pretty mellow, we don't cause too much trouble. I don't know, we all like to have a good time, we all drink and
stuff like that. As far as trouble goes, I don't know I don't think we cause a lot of trouble. We sort of stay to ourselves and have a good time.
It's all in good fun. We never really cause too much trouble. There's no one person that causes more than anyone else.

Katrina: What’s one thing you can’t tour without?

Dave: One thing that I can't tour without. Wow, umm, I don't know. I think that taking a lot of the things that I take on tour away from me
would be terrible. I mean little things like my gameboy or I bring a blanket from home, stuff like that. I mean I could tour with out probably
all of it but I don't know. There's so many things that you bring, so many things from home so that you can sort of feel like your at home
when you're on the road and I got a lot of those things. Like pictures of my girlfriend and my dog and just things that I wouldn't be able to.
Those are the things I wouldn't be able to be without I think. My cell phone because that's what pretty much connects me to home so
that's probably the best answer. My phone. As sad as it is to say I'm a slave to my phone.

Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?

Dave: I think that for bands what a lot of people don't understand is that to be in a successful band what you need to have is good songs.
You don't need to wear masks, don't need to wear makeup I mean that stuff can add to your look and to your band that's great but before
you can do any of that stuff, before anybody cares about what you look like you have to have good songs so I always say to bands, don't
worry about playing 100 shows, just sit in your basement and write songs over and over and over again until you write amazing songs
because in the end that's what's going to get you a record deal and that's what's going to get you fans and that's what's going to get you
on the radio is your songs. It's not what you look like it's not how you dress, it's none of that stuff. So for bands it's write and write and
write and then when you think you've got good songs, record a demo and give it to everybody. That's the best way to do it.

Katrina: What do you think about how Canadian music is being shown around the world right now?

Dave: I think it's great. I mean Canada right now is, we spend a lot of time in the States, and a lot of labels are interested in what Canada is
doing so I think it's a good time for Canadian bands, Canadian rock bands. It's good because there's a lot of attention in Canada right now
on the bands. American, they're weird, they view a lot of bands. We'll play a lot of shows in the States and people won't even know we're
Canadian. But not that's a good or bad thing, that's their perception is they don't know. I think a lot of Canadian don't sound any different
then American bands and I don't think it should make that much of a difference. A good band is a good band no matter where they're from.
But you know I think Canada was always sort of viewed as a female-solo artist like Shania Twain, Celine Dion, all those kind of singers. So
I think it's good that Canada's putting out some rock bands now. I think that's earning Canada some respect.