On Thursday, November 4th, Theory of a Deadman came back to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. They came with a few opening bands: Artifas, Aranda, and Pop Evil. People turned up early for the show, forming a good-sized line outside the venue in Inner Harbor an hour before doors were scheduled to open. Even the venue’s staff were excited for the show. “I like three out of the four bands,” said one of the security guards, who spent the whole show standing at the front of the stage.
The first band on that night was Artifas. A five-piece band from Memphis, Tennessee got the show off to a good start. The band’s set was short, like the rest of the bands, since they were all running on a tight schedule. Quite a few people in the crowd had seen them before, since Artifas opened for another band, Saint Asonia, over the summer at a nearby venue, Baltimore Soundstage. Artifas started their set with a few fans in the crowd, and ended it with more. During their last song, the lead singer went into the crowd and, standing in the center of the audience, sung along with the audience.
Next up was Aranda. The band, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is made up of brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda, as well as drummer Mike Walker. They also tour with a bassist for their live show. They recently put out a new album, Not The Same, and four out of the seven songs they played that night were from that album. The band was energetic, though there was less of a crowd response compared to the previous band. By the end of the set, the crowd was having more fun. After they were finished, the lead singer came down to the railing at the front of the crowd and walked down the line, shaking each fan’s hand and thanking them for coming out early.
The third band of the night was Pop Evil. The band formed in North Muskegon, Michigan, in 2001. Since then, the five members have grown in popularity, gaining fans with every tour that they have been on. They started their set off with a few songs off of their new album, Up. Their third song was a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” and brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda came out to help them with this song. During their last song, “Trenches,” Pop Evil’s lead singer, Leigh Kakaty, stood on the railing at the front of the crowd, holding on to fans’ hands until the last note.
Last up was Theory of a Deadman. The four members from Canada played a 16 song set, last close to an hour and a half. Their most recent album, Savages, was released on July 29th, 2014, but the band is still touring to promote it. The rest of their tour dates, including a short run in Canada, can be found here. The band made sure to play “Santa Monica,” a fan-favorite off of their 2005 album, Gasoline. Lead singer Tyler Connolly spoke to the crowd about their past shows in Baltimore, which many people in the audience had been to. The lighting for the band was set up well, leaving everybody in the venue with a good view of the band members on the stage. Halfway through the set, drummer Joey Dandeneau was able to let loose with a drum solo. The set ended with the band performing one of their most popular songs, “Bad Girlfriend.” The crowd, while sad to see the set end, still used up all of their energy during the song, with at least one person crowd surfing. All of the bands and the fans had fun, leaving everybody with a smile on their faces as their Wednesday night came to a close.