Hey remember Device? They kind of appeared and disappeared… if you only heard the 1 song, VILIFY, go give the whole album a listen. How bad can it be? Will Hunt is drumming on it! (Will Hunt played drums in Skrape, Evanescence, Bloodsimple, and even filled in for Tommy Lee…)
Andre “Virus” Karkos, guitarist: DEVICE wasn’t given “the proper time and attention” it needed to grow into a successful band – Unfortunately DISTURBED frontman David Draiman abruptly pulled the plug on the project just before it was scheduled to embark on a major tour. Bummer.
David founded DEVICE in 2012 with ex-FILTER guitarist Geno Lenardo, when DISTURBED went on hiatus in late 2011. The group released a self-titled debut album and scored a hit with the song “Vilify” in early 2013. During this time Draiman performed a number of shows with Device that included Virus and EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt. (Lenardo did not tour with DEVICE due to other commitments.)
Virus told the “Talk Toomey” podcast: “I know what I was told, and then I, obviously, know what happened. People can do their own math about that. But I will say this: DEVICE was extremely successful for the little time it was around. If it just was left to do what it was supposed to do and we gave it the proper time and attention, like we were gonna, that band would have been huge. I have no doubt about that.”
He continued: “It’s not every day where… You know, you do what I do, which is… You’re in a band and you get record deals and you roll the dice and you kind of hope for the best. But sometimes you get an opportunity like that where you have this superstar lead singer from a huge band in the genre, and you’re on Warner Brothers Records, you have the same management and you have all these tools at your disposal, and you launch the thing and it does great. Like, the first single went to No. 1. Things were great, and we sold a bunch of records; I think that we were at a hundred and ten thousand records when David pulled the plug. The tour that we walked away from before it was all over was AVENGED SEVENFOLD headlining, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH was main support, and then it was DEVICE. That was the tour that we had lined up, and David walked away, and whatever. But, yeah, that band could have been a really large band, I feel.”
According to Virus, DEVICE would have ended up being a commercial success had the band stuck together long enough to continue promoting its debut album with live shows. “I feel like it was unfair to judge it due to the lack of time that it was around,” he said. “What we did was… I think the record… I can’t remember the dates now; everything is such a blur. But I think that we started touring in March/April and then it was over by the fall. We did Gigantour with MEGADETH, we did our own little headlining tour, shot two videos, songs both went… one went to No. 1, one was Top 20, and we sold a bunch of records, and I feel like if we stayed out, we would have sold a bunch more records. So I feel like if it was given its due time that you could start looking at the projected direction of the band, financially as well, and go, ‘Wow, this could be a really successful entity.'”
Asked if he thinks Draiman was let down by the response to DEVICE‘s debut album and the band’s live performances, Virus said: “I can’t speak for David. I know he was a little disappointed that it probably… I think it took a little bit longer for him… It would have taken longer, and I don’t know if he was patient enough. David‘s a friend of mine, and I don’t wanna speak for him. He’s in a different place than me and Will. He’s got DISTURBED still. He’s in a different spot. He has different needs and different wants than me and Will do, so I don’t wanna speak for him. But, in my opinion, I feel like if that band was given a shot, it would have been successful. I really have no doubt about that. And then even writing a second record, I just feel like it would have been monstrous; I really do. I was really bummed out when that ended. I was really upset. I was, like, ‘Man…’ It was hard for me to swallow. At first, I was, like, ‘Wow, this is successful, and it’s gonna continue to be successful, and it’s got a bright future.’ But it was David‘s thing. That’s kind of his decision, and I respect that. I thought it could be a really great thing. So, you know, you win some, you lose some.”
Virus still holds out hope that DEVICE could reunite some day and pick up where they left off. He said: “I really do hope so, because I know what happens now. We’re all older dudes now, and DISTURBED, they did a record, they’ll tour for a bunch, and then maybe they… I don’t know what they’re gonna do after. I don’t know if they’re gonna do another record after. I think this is the last record they have in this contract, I think this is the last one, so I don’t know if they’ll go get a new record deal and do more records. You know, whatever. We’re gonna see what they do. But I’m hoping that it comes back. If David‘s got some time off, let’s go do some DEVICE shows. That would be great. I’m all in.”
DISTURBED recently returned with its sixth studio album and fifth consecutive No. 1 record on the Billboard album chart, “Immortalized”.