Disturbed interview – band talk about Asylum, boycotting BP, the end of the world and their hunger to make music

September 3, 2010
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Mike Wengren and Dan Donegan of Disturbed - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice

“We pretty much just live music… it’s not a hobby, it’s not even a job… it’s a lifestyle; we live it, we breathe it, we eat it, we sleep it.” – Mike Wengren, Disturbed

Earlier this week Disturbed released their fifth studio album Asylum. I caught up with the American metal band while they were in Toronto last week to play a headlining slot at Uproar Festival. Backstage at Uproar, I spoke with guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren about the new album.

Mike and Dan spoke openly about some of the heavier themes of Asylum. I asked them if they ‘practice what they preach’ when they sing songs about global warming and mass consumption (“Another Way To Die”), and I also asked why they chose to make a song about the holocaust (“Never Again”). The band talked in-depth about their life as a band of over 10 years, with Mike and Dan expressing their ever-burning hunger and passion for creating and playing music. I later quizzed the band more about the apoca…apocalyp…apocaylpti…end-of-world subject again, and whether they buy into the 2012 theories.

The entire interview can be heard below in this podcast.

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(Please excuse the audio pops, especially during the first minute – the audio quality is not outstanding, but the band can be heard and that’s what matters.)

© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice

Asylum was released in North America and Europe on Tuesday 31 August, and Australia on 27 August, and seems set to top the charts in its first week of release.

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7 Responses to Disturbed interview – band talk about Asylum, boycotting BP, the end of the world and their hunger to make music

  1. Tim Saliba on September 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Their passion comes across well in this.

  2. Lewis on September 6, 2010 at 7:16 am

    “We’ve never been a critics favourite”. It’s true, Disturbed don’t get enough credit for their music. Nice job with the interview.

  3. Joey on September 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    You fucked up. ha. Donegan is guitarist, Wengren is Drummer

  4. Brian Banks on September 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Haha, thanks for pointing that out Joey. I have fixed the sentence now. I almost made the same mistake when I spoke to them in person, when I said the “drummer and guitarist… in reverse order” – luckily the band were cool with my near mistake, hence the laughter.

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