Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
David Draiman has a new outlook on life and a hunger for success.
Draiman, best known as the vocalist for hard rock act Disturbed, is fronting a new band called Device. Draiman and Device will be performing at The Gig on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont this Friday night for ages 18 and older. Special guests are Nonpoint and Red Line Chemistry. Tickets are $22.50 in advance.
Draiman and his bandmates, Virus and Will Hunt, are touring in support of the Device’s self-titled debut which hit stores and Internet retailers on April 9. The first single, “Villify,” is burning up the charts and the band just hit the road on April 10 in Mobile, Ala.
“Playing that first show was great. When we hit the stage, it felt like home,” Draiman said in a telephone interview. “It was interesting to see how the crowd would respond, but it was a lot of fun. We have a couple of things we need to adjust, but it went fine for a first show.”
Draiman is well known in the rock music world as the vocalist for Disturbed and that band’s numerous hit songs. However, for Draiman, the opportunity to start the band Device is a very exciting time in his life.
“It’s definitely a reality check for me,” Draiman explained. “But it’s fun to be the new guy again, to be the band that everyone is curious about. We’re building this band from scratch and that’s exciting to me. It’s made me hungry again.”
Recording the new album was, in some ways, therapeutic for Draiman because he was able to expand from the preconceived notions of what was expected of him as a vocalist compared to his time in Disturbed.
“With this record I definitely had the opportunity to go into some vibes and directions with my vocals that I couldn’t before,” he said. “It was nice to be able to branch out in those areas that just wouldn’t be possible in Disturbed, like the cover of ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ with Lzzy Hale (of Halestorm) or maybe a song with a more classical composition.”
Draiman said fans attending the band’s concert on Friday in Beaumont, and throughout the tour, will not be disappointed.
“We are playing the entire record, so fans will get to hear it live at the show on Friday,” he stated. “When we can, we are incorporating some other guests vocalists along the way to fill in for those songs that have them on the record. People are going to get something cool at every show.”
While putting the finishing touches on the new Device album, Draiman also found time to lend his talents to friend Dave Mustaine for Megadeth’s new album, “Super Collider,” which is due to drop in June.
“It was such an honor and privilege to work with Dave,” Draiman added. “He’s such an amazing person and such a talented musician. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the new record.”
Initially, Draiman said plans for summer tour options were still in the works, but since that time it has been announced that Device will take part in the 2013 version of Gigantour, which features Megadeth as the headlining act.
“We plan on being out on the road for a while and we want everyone to come out and see what this band is all about,” Draiman said. “We think it will be a lot of fun for the fans. I know it is for me.”