It’s not very rare for bands to change their style, musical character, or sound throughout their career. Especially when a band is active for a while, it’s really common to see some changes in the style. That happens to almost every band. And of course, that happened to American heavy metal band from Chicago, Disturbed. And about that change, we’ve heard some words from their bassist, John Moyer.
John Moyer is with the band Disturbed for a while now. The 47-years-old bass player has been playing with Disturbed for 17 years now. And for those years, he has witnessed some changes in the band’s style. During his appearance at a YouTube livestream of Stitched Up Heart, he has shared some of those changes with his own words.
“On every record, there is an evolution. In fact, the last record was called ‘Evolution’. At that point, we were putting on ballads; almost half that record is some version of a ballad. And I think that’s fair, because every other record before that, there was never a ballad besides the cover of Simon and Garfunkel‘s ‘Sound Of Silence’; everything was just really heavy and super aggressive.
“We wanna push the envelope”
He talked about other records made by his bandmates, for example, the guitarist Dan Donegan. He said that his first records were more industrial and while progressing he has shown some lush chordal changes. Then, he switched to a style focusing more on guitar solos.
In the next parts of his interview, the Disturbed bassist shared more opinions about that situation.
“I think there’s something to be said for having a sound, like AC/DC. And there’s something to be said for not abandoning your fanbase. They listen to you for a reason. They do not want your next record to be something completely different or for you to ignore what got you there. So, we still rely on the sounds and the sonics and the style that our fans wanna hear, but then we also try to push ourselves to, like, ‘Okay, now let’s…’ And it’s very conscious. It’s not like we accidentally go down a road. It’s, like, ‘Okay, on this song, we are going to push this or go here with it.’ So, a lot of it is thought out ahead of time as far as how far we wanna push the envelope without taking it too far.”
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