Early days as Brawl (1994-1996)

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1 Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Wed 04 Mar 2009, 02:37


Originally, Disturbed was known as Brawl, a band whose lineup consisted of vocalist Erich Awalt, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren, and bassist Steve "Fuzz" Kmak. Awalt left the band shortly after the recording of a demo tape and the other three members went on advertising for a singer. They posted an ad in the local music publication in Chicago, Illinois, called the "Illinois Entertainer".[3]

David Draiman had answered the ad after going to twenty other auditions that month.[3] As guitarist Dan Donegan commented on Draiman, "You know, out of all the singers, that we had talked to or auditioned, he [Draiman] was the only singer who was ready to go with originals. And that impressed me, just to attempt that". Donegan also went on to say, "I think just to walk in a room with men that you don't know and to have the balls to say, 'Let's just, you know, let's just jam'."[3] With regards of Draiman being the new singer for the band, Donegan said, "After a minute or two, he just starts banging out these melodies that were huge. And I'm sitting there...I'm playing my guitar and I'm grinning from ear to ear, trying not to give it away that I like this guy, you know, 'cause I don't want to, you know...[say] 'Yeah, we'll give you a call back. We'll, you know, discuss it.' But I was so psyched. Chill up my spine. I'm like, 'There is something here'." As drummer Mike Wengren commented, "We clicked right off the bat."[3]

Draiman then joined the band in 1996 and he re-named the band Disturbed. When asked in an interview why he decided to re-name the band Disturbed, Draiman said, "It had been a name I have been contemplating for a band for years. It just seems to symbolize everything we were feeling at the time. The level of conformity that people are forced into was disturbing to us and we were just trying to push the envelope and the name just sorta made sense.

They sound ok but thanks god they got david cause i feel they really weren't that good with erich

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2 Re: Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Mon 30 Mar 2009, 15:32


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I listened to the Brawl songs on youtube and yeah, glad they got David.

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3 Re: Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Sat 11 Apr 2009, 17:37


i dont think the former singer was that bad really but dave blows it out of the water.

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4 Re: Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Mon 13 Apr 2009, 11:09


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David, FTW!

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5 Re: Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Sun 04 Apr 2010, 23:47


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I listened to some Brawl on Youtube and i thought they sounded pretty good.

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6 Re: Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Wed 07 Apr 2010, 20:26


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S.M.F wrote:I listened to some Brawl on Youtube and i thought they sounded pretty good.

I've seen a couple of those videos, too. With Erich, they sounded like a lot of other metal bands of the early to mid 90s. With David, they finally got "their" sound.

Whatever happened to Erich? I always wondered if he kicks himself seeing Dan and Mike (and Fuzz at the beginning) become successful without him...

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7 Re: Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Thu 08 Apr 2010, 10:05


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Yeah, I wonder what happened to him after he left Brawl.

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8 Re: Early days as Brawl (1994-1996) on Wed 21 Apr 2010, 10:34


I think Awalt is now in a underground band

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