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Rock scars and souvenirs

There’s a lot of pressure to follow up not just one but two successful records. Just ask Theory Of A Deadman.

The B.C. alt-rockers’ self-titled debut from 2002 was certified platinum (100,000 copies sold) and a Top 5 hit, according to the SoundScan charts. And their second CD, 2005’s Gasoline, debuted at No. 1 and remained inside the Top 200 for more than a year and a half; it, too, was a platinum-seller.

But lead singer Tyler Connolly tells Metro it’s too soon to predict how well Scars & Souvenirs, the group’s third offering released last week, will fare.

“Being in a band that is successful in a way, is that you become very insecure because you have a necessity to be liked by people. It’s kind of depressing but it’s true,” Connolly says. “You always have a need to do your job, to have a hit, to have something that works …

“So we’re really excited (to have the new album out) but there’s a little bit of nervousness. When you’re a younger band, you always feel like you need to impress people — so you’re always hoping and wishing and gritting your teeth, waiting.”

At least the trio has some good memories to share of their ride to fame. The Juno-Award winning band even drove that point home when they were recently shown travelling to this year’s Junos in Calgary in a Pontiac Vibe through several provinces.

But when asked about the title of their new record, Connolly explains it refers to the many personal experiences he has gone through — some filled with good times, some filled with angst, some filled with sadness.

“Well, it’s more the emotional scars and souvenirs that depict the record song by song,” he says. “I might write one song about a relationship I had (with) someone,” Connolly says. “I might write the next song about how I was hanging out in L.A. having fun driving around going to parties and stuff. So some stuff is bad memories and some stuff is good memories.”

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