INTERVIEW: The Devil Wears Prada (06/12/2016)

Ohio metalcore mob The Devil Wears Prada are celebrating 10 years since their first record this year, and are still strongly contributing to the scene with their new album ‘Transit Blues’. We caught up with vocalist Mike Hranica while they were in the UK on the ‘Rise Up’ Tour with Silverstein and Memphis May Fire to chat about the new album and their plans for the future.

DP!: Hey guys! ‘Transit Blues’ is your 6th full length record, how do you manage to keep producing new ideas and evolving this far into your career?
Mike Hranica: Simply put, there are more ideas to discuss and music to explore.

DP!: What’s different in The Devil Wears Prada from back in 2006? What would you say to yourselves 10 years ago, knowing what you know now?
Mike: I’ve been receiving this question very often. The easiest explanation I can give is any person changes over the course of ten years. There is evolution and fluctuation. That is also applicable to playing in a band (or at least our band).

DP!: How did Chris and Daniel leaving the band affect the new album? Do the new guys bring a new perspective during the recording process?
Mike: I don’t like getting into that. It’s been discussed online already. I’m one of the last people to encourage such drama. It’s a band, not a soap opera.

DP!: You’re in the UK right now with your labelmates Silverstein and Memphis May Fire on the Rise Up Tour. How did the tour come about? How close are bands on a record label, do you cross paths more often than you would if you were on different labels?
Mike: It’s not so much Rise that connects us. We’ve known Silverstein for something like nine or ten years and have always got along quite well. Like a number of situations, things in the music scene can be a small world.

DP!: What’s it like touring in the UK compared to the rest of the world?
Mike: UK isn’t so much drastically different than other territories. There are wider differences in touring a place such as Russia. We love being in the UK, so altogether we’re satisfied to be here.

DP!: You’ve just been announced for Europe’s Resurrection Festival and Hellfest for next Summer – What’s the best part about playing these kinds of major festival? How is 2017 going to look for The Devil Wears Prada?
Mike: Things look to be very busy for us, besides being back over playing shows around Europe. 2016 was a pretty light year for us in regards to touring, so now that we have ‘Transit Blues’ released, we’ll be pushing that to the best of our abilities.

The Devil Wears Prada are currently out on tour in the UK with Silverstein, Memphis May Fire and Like Moths To Flames.

November 29 – NORWICH, Waterfront
November 30 – LONDON, KOKO
December 01 – MANCHESTER, Academy 2
December 02 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Riverside
December 03 – GLASGOW, Garage
December 05 – BIRMINGHAM, Asylum
December 06 – LEEDS, University Stylus
December 07 – NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
December 09 – BRISTOL, O2 Academy Bristol
December 10 – SOUTHAMPTON, Engine Rooms

‘Transit Blues’ is out on Rise Records now, and you can pick it up on iTunes (here).
You can keep up to date with the band online by following them on Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).

Interview by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)