While on hiatus from Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum, Chicago-based juggernaut Disturbed in 2012, guitarist Dan Donegan started to intensely miss touring and recording. So, he reached out to Evans Blue frontman Dan Chandler with an idea. Donegan didn't approach Fight Or Flight with a concrete plan. Instead, he allowed the music to arrive naturally, and that's exactly why it feels so alive and authentic. There wasn't a big social media reveal. He didn't even tell the record label or his management that he was writing songs. Rather, he picked up a guitar and held nothing back and started his collaboration with Chandler.
They began sending each other songs back and forth via email and meeting in person anytime Chandler was in the Chicago area. Chandler had a bunch of unfinished ideas and was looking for an outlet to express those ideas. Donegan said, "We didn't have a plan for it, we just wanted to write together, there was no discussion of the direction, we just let it happen naturally." Soon, they had a bulk of material, so Donegan suggested getting his Disturbed brother of over twenty years, drummer Mike Wengren, and record the material properly. That proved to be a no-brainer for the spot behind the kit. "Although there's some trademark things in the way Mike and I play, when you add another writer and new voice with Chandler, it's going to be different. It's got edgy moments, but there's more melody across the board. We had the chance to experiment as well. There are acoustic guitars and some electronics even." Together, they cut fourteen hypnotic and hard-hitting songs fortified by Donegan's trademark riffing, Chandler's melodic sensibility and vocal harmonies and another solid foundation laid by Wengren. "We never backed away from a challenge or obstacle, and Fight Or Flight is a testament to that. We wanted to do something that would be different enough from Disturbed and make the best effort to keep them separate from each other.", Donegan concludes. "You can't worry about pleasing everybody. There were no expectations or rules. We did what we wanted, and this is the outcome. We have the hunger to go out there and prove ourselves again. This isn't a one-time deal. Mike and I have two things in our lives now. This is the next chapter."