Theory of a Deadman / Ayron Jones and The Way – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – October 18, 2017. 

Review and Pictures: Tara Lakatos

Theory of a Deadman is touring in support of their album “Wake Up Call” which will be released on October 27, 2017.  Ayron Jones and The Way are touring in support of “Audio Paint Job” which was released on June 2, 2017.



Ayron Jones and The Way is a blues infused rock band out of Seattle that will blow you away with their deep grooves, booming drums and the smoothest guitar riffs you’ll ever hear.  If you’ve never heard of them, I urge you to download some of their tracks.  Although Ayron Jones has been on the scene for 10 years he’s not well know outside of the Seattle area.  His first album, “Dream”, was produced by Sir Mix-a-Lot in 2010.  Being on tour with Theory of a Deadman and having a new album out with The Way consisting of Bob Lovelace (bass) and Ehssan Karimi (drums) should propel this incredible band to the next level.

They played “Baptized in Muddy Water” off the “Dream” album.  Ayron’s vocals baptize you in the spirit of blues rock like no one else.  I’ve been trying to compare his vocals to another artist but it’s nearly impossible.  They are rough and smooth all in the same breath, with more passion than many I’ve seen.  He plays the guitar like a mix of B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix.  

Other songs played off of their new release “Audio Paint Job” included “Boys from the Puget Sound”, “Take Me Away” and “Take Your Time”.  Bob Lovelace, is an insane force on the bass.  He has so much energy and gets as much air time as Michael Jordan.  While Ayron spends much of his time laid back at the mic or soloing at the front of the stage, Bob is running around, jumping and nearly doing splits all while not missing a single beat.  They compliment each other very well.

Ehsaan Karimi smiled the entire time while holding down the beats.  He sat back in the pocket and added monster build ups from the softer blues feel to the booming rock and roll.

Ayron Jones and The Way closed their set with an instrumental of the “Star Spangled Banner”.  This was really awesome to witness.  The entire audience sang as Ayron wailed his guitar on the edge of the stage.  To say this band was a treat is an understatement.  If they roll through your area check them out, you will not be disappointed.



 Theory of a Deadman, a Canadian rock band that released their self titled debut album in 2002.  They were the first band signed to Chad Kroger’s (Nickelback) 604 Records.   This was the only album not covered during their set at Starland Ballroom.  The bulk of the tracks they played were from their 2008 release, “Scars and Souvenirs” which they released 8 singles from including the tracks “Hate my Life”, “Bad Girl Friend” and “So Happy”.   Theory of a Deadman’s line up consists of Tyler Connolly (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dave Brenner (lead guitar), Dean Back (bass) and Joe Dandeneau (drums).

They opened their set with “Lowlife” from their 2011 release “The Truth Is…”.   This is a bass heavy, rock anthem track that can fill out the biggest arena.  The drums in the song make you want to bounce. You really can’t help but get into this one.  Next up was “Blow”; a song about the media, celebrating people that shouldn’t be celebrated, and the dumbing down of the intelligence of the human race as well as how the world has gone insane.  One of my favorites, and the song that really got me into Theory of a Deadman, came right before the encore is “I Hate My Life”. It’s a catchy rock/pop crossover song that everyone can relate to.  There’s not one of us who hasn’t woken up in the morning and hated our job or momentary life situation.  This song puts a fun spin on hating the everyday drone.

They also played three new tracks throughout the set; “Straight Jacket”, “Echoes” and “RX (Medicate)” to open the encore which they did acoustically.  “RX (Medicate)” has been on top of the Active Rock Charts for the past couple of week’s right where it belongs.  This song is very laid back, has a simple riff and features Tyler’s vocals front and center.  If these few songs are any indication of the rest of their album I believe it will have quite a bit of success.

Theory of a Deadman closed the show with one of their biggest hits “Bad Girlfriend”.  The one thing about Theory of a Deadman and evident by the audience participation is that all of their songs are sing along jams.  The crowd seemed to have a great night taking in great vocals, tight musicianship and a pretty cool stage setup.  This is just the beginning of the tour cycle for “Wake Up Call” so everyone has plenty of time to catch them when the come around.  You will not be disappointed in a great rock show.


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Theory Of A Deadman

Ayron Jones and The Way

Starland Ballroom, NJ