Two-time Grammy-nominated rock band DISTURBED has hit No. 1 at rock radio with new single "Are You Ready", the band's 12th No. 1 single and the fastest chart-climber of its career, reaching the top spot in only six short weeks.
"Are You Ready", which has close to 4 million Spotify streams and a companion video with over 4.5 million YouTube views, appears on the band’s upcoming album, "Evolution", which is set for an October 19 release via Reprise.
DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan revealed in a recent interview with Redlands, California radio station KCAL that the music for "Are You Ready" was first composed 14 years ago. Donegan explained: "We just never finished it 'cause we had other material that was more complete back then. So I always just kind of put it in the vault; it was on the backburner. And this time around, as we were bringing up new ideas, I kind of just looked back at the archives of a few things that I never got around to finishing, and I just brought it back into the mix."
Donegan continued: "David [Draiman, vocals] gravitated towards it right away and just said, 'Oh, dude, this is awesome. I've got something great for this.' And he started just kind of scatting a melody on top of it. And after it was coming together, I reminded him. I go, 'Do you realize it's something I kind of wrote in 2004?' I'm glad we were able to finally finish it now, 14 years later."
The guitarist added that "Are You Ready" is probably the "closest" of the songs on the upcoming DISTURBED LP "Evolution" to the band's classic sound, adding that the rest of the material has "a lot of directions in here that's gonna turn some heads."
The "Are You Ready" video was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober), who has previously worked with METALLICA, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON and GREEN DAY, among others.
Like 2015's "Immortalized", DISTURBED's new album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.
DISTURBED will play a special intimate show at the 1,000-capacity Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on October 10, presented by SiriusXM.
The group has only one other show on its schedule so far for the rest of 2018, at the Austin City Limits music festival on October 13 in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Travis Shinn