TRAVERSE CITY — Even though they divorced in 2010, Theory of a Deadman singer Tyler Connolly still plans on co-writing songs with his ex-wife.
Christine Connolly was a writer on some of the band’s biggest hits, including its two No. 1 hits — “Bad Girlfriend” and “Lowlife.”
“She still is,” said Connolly, whose band will play Tuesday at Ground Zero inside the Streeters Center. “Which is great. I really enjoy writing with her. That relationship, everything is kosher there.”
The pair split up in 2010 after a four-year marriage.
“As amicable as it could be, I guess,” Connolly joked. “It’s not a lot of fun. I wouldn’t recommend it.”
In the liner notes of the “Scars & Souvenirs” CD, Tyler Connolly thanks, “my beautiful wife Christine, who without I am nothing.”
“It’s an odd situation,” Connolly said. “But it works, because it’s the reality of the situation. If the two of us wrote a love song together, it would be odd and uncomfortable. It’d be like, ‘What are we writing about here? Are you in love with some other dude? Am I in love with some other chick?’ It’s a whole lot easier for us to write about break-ups. We can at least pull from our past experiences — and it makes a great song.”
He said Christine is the inspiration for “Bad Girlfriend.”
“It’s a true story,” Connolly said. “I met her at a bar. It’s kind of odd too how it ends with the future ex-Mrs. Connolly and she ended up being that. It’s weird how it turned out that way.”
Christine Connolly also helped write the hits “Hate My Life” and “Little Smirk,” and has co-written songs for other bands as well, including Halestorm’s hit “I Miss the Misery.”
In addition to Theory’s hits, Tyler Connolly will be rocking his signature pompadour hairdo in his return to Traverse City.
“That started about 2007,” Connolly said. “It was kind of a fluke. On the second record, I had this mohawk. Now that I look back, it was really ridiculous. For the third record, I was looking for something new and we went and did a photo shoot and my hair was just regular. The hair stylist lady was like, ‘Let me try a couple things.’ And she tried this weird, almost like a Flock of Seagulls thing going on. And I was like, ‘I’m not taking this. Can we change this? I don’t dig this at all.’
“So she did a 180 and said, ‘How about a ‘50s thing?’ and I was like, ‘Sure.’ So she gave me this pompadour and we did the whole shoot with the pompadour.”
Connolly said he hopes to record a new album this fall and to coincide it with a charity effort the group has been working on for some time.
“We seem to come out with a record every three years,” Connolly said. “So we’re working on record No. 5 right now. We’re going to go into the studio in the fall and record and we’ll have new material ready by October or November and have a record out next year.”
And that could allow the band to build its Habitat for Humanity home at around the same time. The group has been selling bracelets at its shows since last summer and has raised the requisite amount of money to build a home in California for someone who lost their home to a natural disaster.
“We’re recording the record in L.A., so we’re going to try to do something as a band,” Connolly said. “Try to bring out some celebrity friends and bring more razz to it. We raised quite a bit of money. It’s a kind of cool thing to do as a band. To raise money and give it to some charity, you don’t know where the money goes. It’s better to pick up a hammer and get your hands dirty and actually be there.”
Devour The Day is the opener for the $25 show. Tickets are available at www.groundzeroonline.com or by calling 932-1300.
Theory of a Deadman
Song Year Peak
"Nothing Could Come Between Us" 2002 8
"Make Up Your Mind" 2003 13
"No Surprise" 2005 8
"Say Goodbye" 2005 22
"Hello Lonely" 2005 30
"So Happy" 2008 2
"Bad Girlfriend" 2008 1
"Hate My Life" 2008 3
"Not Meant to Be" 2008 19
"By the Way" 2009 16
"Little Smirk" 2010 15
"Lowlife" 2011 1
"Bitch Came Back" 2011 14
"Hurricane" 2012 5
"Gentleman" 2012 28