DISTURBED Perform "The Sound Of Silence" On The X Factor Australia; DAVID DRAINMAN Defends Decision To Perform - “We’re Fighting The Good Fight For Our Genre To Be Respectably Represented”
November 7, 2016, 5 years ago
Video footage of Disturbed’s performance of their hit cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “The Sound Of Silence”, on today’s X Factor Australia is streaming below.
Frontman David Drainman has posted the following via social media: “To those of you saying 'sell outs', or 'what is Disturbed doing on X Factor anyway?'... We're fighting the good fight for our genre to be respectably represented. All rock bands should. All artists/musicians want to spread their work to as many people as possible. That's what it's all about. Sharing the beauty of what you created. If that is considered "selling out" to some people, then so be it.”
Disturbed has released a virtual reality experience for their "The Sound Of Silence" single via Littlstar, the premiere global network dedicated to immersive virtual reality and 360 video. The video was produced by Dekker Dreyer of Clever Fox, and was directed by Matt Mahurin, who also created the visually stunning official video for "The Sound Of Silence" (streaming below) which has accumulated more than 125M YouTube views.
Set in a dystopian world, the VR experience expands on the universe first introduced in the official video. Director Matt Mahurin explains, "It was a thrill and a challenge (and maybe a bit ironic) to use the innovative and immersive world of VR to explore the disconnect of direct human connection that results from the addictive world of social media."
Fans can experience "The Sound Of Silence" through Littlstar's apps for the web, iOS, Android, VR headsets including the Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Sony's Bravia TV, Apple TV and the new PSVR.
Instructions: If you have a VR headset (Oculus, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear, or HTC Vive) - please download the Littlstar app from the relevant app stores on each device. "The Sound of Silence" experience will be front and center once you launch the app.
Don't have a headset? No problem! You can view the experience in 360 on your phone by downloading the Littlstar app for free here, or by going here. Click the HD button in the bottom right hand corner of the player for optimal viewing.
To explore the full 360 degrees, move the video view by moving your phone or by using your touchscreen. If you're on a desktop, click and drag your cursor.
"The Sound Of Silence" music video:
Disturbed will release a new live album, entitled Live At Red Rocks, on November 18th via Warner Bros. Records. The album features songs spanning Disturbed's 20-year-career, including Mainstream Rock chart hits "Down With The Sickness”, "Stricken”, “Inside The Fire”, "Indestructible”, "The Vengeful One”, "The Light," and their now Platinum-certified version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic hit "The Sound Of Silence”. Live At Red Rocks is available for pre-order as of today via all DSPs, and those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album track "The Light”. Pre-order Live At Red Rocks here.
Live At Red Rocks captures Disturbed's August 15th, 2016 show at the fabled Colorado amphitheater where the band stopped during their tour in support of current album Immortalized, which has been certified Gold. Immortalized has spawned three No. 1 singles, including the Platinum "The Sound Of Silence" which spent seven straight weeks at No. 1 at Rock Radio and reached the Top 20 at Alternative Radio. The song first became a viral sensation following the release of the powerful music video, which now has over 117 million views, and their breathtaking performance of the song on Conan, which has more than 28 million views. The album's current single, "Open Your Eyes”, is following in the smash hit's success, currently at No. 6 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart.
Live At Red Rocks tracklisting:
“Ten Thousand Fists”
“The Vengeful One”
“The Sound Of Silence”
“Inside The Fire”
“Down With The Sickness”