I recently caught up with Disturbed guitarist, Dan Donegan, to discuss his new project “Fight Or Flight“. The band has a new single hitting radio (First Of The Last), and I had to know the status of Disturbed, how this new band came along, and why the hell Dan didn’t take some time off like a normal human being. Check out the exclusive interview here.
It had been about 3 years ago on the Uproar Festival since I had spoken with Dan. It was weird that in the interview he brought up those festivals when they (Disturbed) decided to take a break. At a high point in their career, it’s not often, if ever, that a band decides to go on hiatus… I had to know why.
As he explains, music, touring and the fans are an addiction to. It wasn’t much of a break until he started emailing Dan Chandler of Evans Blue back and forth about some possible music ideas.
Listen to the four part interview below to get the full story.
DISTURBED GUITARIST DAN DONEGAN AND DRUMMER MIKE WENGREN ANNOUNCE NEW SIDE PROJECT, FIGHT OR FLIGHT
DEBUT ALBUM A LIFE BY DESIGN? DUE JULY 23RD ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS
FIRST SINGLE “FIRST OF THE LAST” OUT MAY 21ST
DATELINE — Burbank, CA — Dan Donegan, guitarist for multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated hard rock band Disturbed, has unveiled his new project, Fight or Flight. Fight or Flight will release their debut album, A Life by Design? on July 23rd via Warner Bros. Records. The first single, “First of the Last” will be hits radio May 21st.
“During our hiatus from Disturbed, the separation anxiety from the fans came rather quickly,” explains Donegan. He began writing songs on his own, and last year connected with Dan Chandler, front man for the band Evan’s Blue, about a possible collaboration. The two emailed each other songs back and forth and met in person whenever Chandler was in Donegan’s hometown of Chicago. When they had enough material to record, Donegan turned to his “Disturbed brother of over twenty years,” drummer Mike Wengren and the three entered the studio to record A Life By Design? The result is a collection of hypnotic and hard-hitting songs fortified by Donegan’s trademark riffing and Chandler’s melodic sensibility. Ra’s Sean Corcoran on bass and backing vocals, and Jeremy Jayson on guitar and backing vocals complete Fight of Flight’s lineup.
“This is more hard rock,” Donegan affirms. “It’s got edgy moments, but there’s more melody across the board. We had the chance to experiment as well. There are acoustic guitars and some electronics even. It’s different all around.” The stomping first single “First of the Last” is an energetic anthem that’s meant to be cranked as loudly as possible. “It’s one of the more driving tracks on the record, and it’s got my signature style,” Donegan explains. “Lyrically, it’s more cryptic. Dan and I spent a lot of time discussing conspiracy theories, and those conversations inspired the song.”