Only being their second visit to the UK and supporting a band not even half as heavy as them, The Devil Wears Prada have caused quite a buzz on the British shores with the three albums under their belts. After inviting DEAD PRESS! onto their tour bus and offering a can of Monster energy drink, drummer Daniel Williams talks about the group’s forthcoming plans, and their latest studio album ‘With Roots Above And Branches Below’.
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After meeting up with the band’s lead vocalist Mike Hranica outside their tour bus, who guides Zach and Paul inside the tour bus to sit down, and have a little chat with DEAD PRESS! about Download Festival, a new music video, and the band wanting to play in Hawaii.
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Zach: You’ve got the Download Festival coming up this week. Are you excited? Mike: Yeah. We’re stoked to do it and to play it, and hopefully a large turn-out. We’re a little bit worried that some of the more mainstream metal heads will not take us so well, but we’re excited to play for sure. Zach: And like Kiss are playing aren’t they? So… Mike: Yeah.
Zach: How did the shows go in Australia? Mike: Pretty good. There were some that were a little bit more dead than others. It was our first time we’ve ever played 18 and up shows and it was different for us, but it was a good time. It was awesome to be able to experience the country and everything, so hopefully get back there within a year or two.
Zach: Did your cover of ‘Still Fly’ come out as expected? Mike: Yeah, it was. Well we recorded it, so… but yeah. We’re happy with how it turned out and everything, and er, yeah. Hopefully play it on Warped Tour this year. Just trying to practice it and get it down tight right now.
Zach: Did you have another covers in mind when you went into the studio? Mike: Actually we had a really hard time trying to pick out what song we wanted to do, because with – a secular band can just pick out whatever they want and everything, but it was difficult for us because we didn’t want anything with a ton of swearing and drugs and sex and stuff. So, we had to pick something that fit us well, and we actually had another one, we had the ‘Party Like A Rock Star’ song in mind, and then I was like “No, we can’t do this”, and my girlfriend came up with the idea to do ‘Still Fly’, and we were all like really excited about it. So, ‘Still Fly’ it was.
Zach: If you weren’t in the band, what would you be doing? Mike: I dunno, maybe something in literature? Something in college, I’m sure I would have gotten – been in college by now, but, I’ve no idea what I want to do. Zach: There’s still time.
Zach: What’s your favourite The Devil Wears Prada song? Mike: I really don’t have any. They’re all â€“ after playing them so many times it gets a little bit boring, so. I’d say ‘Don’t Dink And Drance’ is one of my â€“ there are definitely songs that I dislike much more than other songs, but then there are er, I don’t really prefer to play any ’cause they’re all kinda bland to me.
Zach: If Madonna came up to you, and asked you to feature in one of her songs, what would you say? Mike: To – to what in one of her songs? Zach: To feature in one of her songs. Mike: Oh, I dunno. I don’t know what I’d want to do. If she told me what I was supposed to do then I’d er, I dunno, maybe give it a go. Zach: And be on Top Of The Pops or something like that.
Zach: You’ve recently shot a video for ‘HTML Rulez d00d’, how was that? Mike: It was awesome! We have a couple of rough edits we’ve seen and not the final one, the final one isn’t done just yet, but we’re really excited with how it turned out, and it was fun to make it. It was like â€“ I’m not a â€“ the ‘Hey John…’ video’s okay, but I wasn’t really into it, it sucked making that one, and this one it sucked making too ’cause you play the same song over and over and everything, but this one was more fun to make, and had some more friends with us and everything. I dunno, it was just a lot of fun, and from the edits we’ve seen it looks to be a lot better. I definitely approve of this one more than the others, so it should be good. Zach: I’m sure the fans will like it. Mike: What was that? Zach: I’m sure the fans will like it. Mike: Probably, I guess.
Zach: When coming up with the band name, did you have any other names in mind? Mike: I dunno. I was actually just friends with Dan, and kinda Chris. The original three members were James, Chris, and Dan, and they named the band before I joined, and then Jeremy and Andy joined, and I know they were throwing out a bunch of stupid names. They didn’t know what they wanted to call it, but, I can’t think of anything particular right now.
Zach: Tell us one thing your fans wouldn’t expect about yourself. Mike: Hmm… I don’t know… everything about me is pretty predictable. I think the problem is that all my fans expect more out of me than there actually is, but I don’t know. That’s a tough question, I’ve never had that one before. I don’t know how to answer it.
Zach: If you could describe The Devil Wears Prada in one word, what would that word be? Mike: I’m gonna go with a ‘booyah’, ’cause that sums up the more serious impact of our music, and the silly side of it well aswell. So, I’m gonna go with ‘booyah’. Zach: I like the contrast. Mike: Yeah, yeah.
Zach: What’ve you got planned for the rest of 2008? Mike:Warped Tour once – as soon as we get home we’ll get going, and then maybe – we wanna write, I’m not sure when we’re going to, or when we’re going to record or anything ’cause er, we have some smaller shows and out of country shows booked after Warped Tour just like for weekends and stuff, so we’ll probably just be playing some random festivals and what not, and then let’s see… I dunno, other than that maybe another big tour. We’re putting our name in for hopefully a big tour like we did earlier this year with Silverstein. Hopefully try to do something like that, a direct support spot or something like that, and then other than that I dunno, hopefully just write, what we’re trying to get ourselves to do. We’re also gonna try and spend a lot of time off at home with family, and girlfriends, and stuff, so. Zach: Take a break. Mike: Yeah, for sure.
As kindly as he led them inside the bus, Mike leads DEAD PRESS! back out again once the interview was over, and to prepare for the show they were to play later that evening.
Often attacked with many hostile comments and reviews, New Mexico’s Brokencyde are currently one of the most victimised and disapproved groups in the alternative music scene today, yet they’re still managing to develop an ever growing fanbase. On their co-headlining tour with Jeffree Star we decided to catch-up with MikL to talk about how they feel about such negativity towards them and their music, how things began, and what’s coming in the future:
The Taste Of Chaos annual tour has quickly become a smaller, more versatile version of the US Vans Warped Tour, but bordering across more than just one country. As I Lay Dying are just one band on the bill during the UK leg of the festival tour, providing a traditional yet intense metalcore sound. After being guided to the band’s backstage dressing room, filled to the brim with members and crew from some other bands featured on the tour, DEAD PRESS! and guitarist Phil Sgorro are led to an outside corridor, away from the loud occupied room:
With a recent release entitled ‘Sorry For Partyin” and a career spanning over 10 years, pop-punk party animals Bowling For Soup are living proof that good times don’t fade away with age – not that they’re all that old anyway. DEAD PRESS! caught up with drummer Gary Wiseman for a quick chat about their comedic style, and their recent music video ‘My Wena’.
Long overdue a visit to the UK after the release of their latest album ‘The Tide And Its Takers’, finally 36 Crazyfists begin a European tour along with labelmates Poison The Well and Gwen Stacy. After having to be escorted into the building entrance past security into the main second floor foyer, DEAD PRESS! wait and are joined by vocalist Brock Lindow to discuss the tour and the album, amongst other things:
Always being underdogs and slightly disregarded on the metal scene they’re placed in, Architects are one of those underrated bands who’ve always deserved a bit more attention than they actually receive. Now with the release of ‘Hollow Crown’ in just a few short days, this could easily be something of the past. DEAD PRESS! caught up with guitarists Tom Searle and Tim Hillier-Brook on the Stoke date during their headlining tour, and were invited on their tour bus to have a few words with them – but not before showing off the tour ‘friendship hat’ between the three bands, and Tom has a quick play on Skate on the XBox 360:
Outside the Academy venue in Manchester, DEAD PRESS!‘s Zach and Ruth are invited into the blessthefall tour bus to talk to the band on their first tour in Europe. After being directed to meet two members upstairs by the band’s tour manager Doug, they clamber up the steps to meet drummer Matt Traynor and vocalist/bassist Jared Warth.
It has just reached 5:00PM and DEAD PRESS!‘s Zach and Ruth are outside of the Manchester Academy building waiting to begin their interview with rather new Welsh post-hardcore upstarts, The Blackout. After going the wrong way two or three times and finally being accompanied with the band’s tour manager they finally get into the building. On their way up the backstage staircase they come across vocalist Sean Smith and guitarist James Davies, and are then directed into the band’s dressing room to begin their interview. In the room are various other members of The Blackout, and their support acts Flood Of Red and Pierce The Veil. After sitting down and Sean Smith “bullying” the band’s other vocalist Gavin Butler to not answer any questions during the interview, the barrage of questions began:
The date is April 29th 2007, and it’s now 5pm. Zebrahead have just finished their 30 minute set for Give It A Name, and DEAD PRESS!‘s Zach and Ruth are being led backstage to interview Cute Is What We Aim For. Upon arriving in a small room, which has nothing but a table with a laptop, a couple of chairs, and a box full of water bottles, they find the band’s manager. A few minutes later and Cute Is What We Aim For frontman Shaant Hacikyan enters the room, wearing an ordinary pair of jeans, a bob hat, white shirt and a red jacket. He greets them both friendly with a handshake and introduces himself before starting the interview.