Theory of a Deadman | Leeds Beckett Union | 29.02.16

8.5 out of 10


Theory of a Deadman headed back to tour the UK this February with the ‘Blow Tour’, tonight is the 3rd night of the tour in  Leeds at Leeds Beckett University Student Union, with support from Essex’s  Forever Never and Swedish rockers Royal Republic.

Forever Never returned late last year after a hiatus and a line up change seeing a new guitarist and bassist joining the line up, a new EP due out soon. The lads are back doing what they do best, the crowd is thin on the ground which unfortunately seems to be an ongoing trend of people only turning up for the main act, for those who did they truly missed out. Performing tracks off their upcoming EP there’s no denying that frontman Renny Carroll’s vocal talents are impressive, for any fans of their previous sound will notice a change, but what a progression their sound has grown and is solid, including a cheeky crowd singalong to R Kellys  BumpnGrind  before a cover of ‘ You’re the Voice’ has the crowd in full swing. The rest of the set then follows suit with the crowd embracing everything Forever Never have to offer, ending on ‘One Life’  it’s clear this band are back and with force, you can catch them on tour with The Defiled in May and at this years Camden Rocks and Hevy Fest.

Next up is Sweden’s Royal Republic by far the most dapper looking band on the line up, eccentric  is the best way to describe this band, they’re loud and know how to perform, There’s a lot of stage presence oozing from frontman Adam Grahn, the crowd has slowly filled up and are bouncing along to Royal Republic’s electric rock sound.  ‘People Say That I’m Over The Top’ a very aptly named song for the band is upbeat and seems to have more and more people flooding into the room , Every song is a high energy performance leaving you wanting more.

Theory of a Deadman’s combination of rock with a country twist leaves them having a rather distinctive sound, the room is now close to full and the crowd are warmed up and ready for the headline act, opening their set with ‘Lowlife’ the crowd are already singing along it’s a strong opening for a set, including tracks such as ‘Bitch came Back’ ‘Blow’ and ‘Savages’ this band have being around awhile and it shows in how they perform, they interact and react to the crowd and every song is performed to a high level,  their set varies between tracks from the latest release and some firm fan favourites clearly pleasing the crowd, an impressive drum solo and ending on the well known ‘Bad Girlfriend’ has the crowd cheering.

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All images by : Lauren Stead Photography

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