Disturbed Confront a ‘Wake-Up Call’ with ‘Hey You’


The members of Disturbed standing against a dimly lit background.

Disturbed – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Travis Shinn

Disturbed’s new single, “Hey You,” was inspired by the events of the past few years

Disturbed have returned with their first new single in four years, “Hey You.” In addition to the new tune, the guys have released a sci-fi-inspired music video. Watch the clip below.

Disturbed still haven’t released details on their upcoming studio album, but they’ve been talking about it for years now, so it’s coming. The effort will mark the Chicago band’s follow-up to 2018’s “Evolution.”

As for the message behind “Hey You,” frontman David Draiman told Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez, “‘Hey You’ is basically a wake-up call. I think that the lockdown and the pandemic in general, the past two years, three years of our existence already at this point, has been this incredible, perfect storm of elements.”

He added, “We had isolation, we had removal from any kind of normalcy, we had people really go down the rabbit hole of social media in a big, big way. And if anything, it intensified the division that was already there. People really stick to their respective camps and their respective allegiances, whether it’s political or religious or otherwise. It’s become hyper-intensified over the course of these past number of years.”

Draiman also said that the song surrounds all of the “outrage addiction” he’s seen over the last few years. “This song is speaking to that, it’s speaking to the fact that we’re our own worst enemy sometimes because of these little barriers we set up for ourselves,” he said.

Disturbed are touring heavily this summer, including a headlining stint at Upheaval Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this weekend. The band will also headline Riff Fest on Sept. 24 at Pine Knob in Clarkston, Michigan. For upcoming tour information, head to Disturbed’s official website.

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