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Album Review: Transit Blues – The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada are back. Based out of Chicago and San Diego, The Devil Wears Prada are gearing up to release their new studio album ‘Transit Blues.’ Formed in 2008 and consisting of Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick and Kyle Sipress the band clearly have been busy in studio and the road on tour. They’re back with a brand new album called Transit Blues, due out October 7th via Rise Records. In anticipation of the new album, The Devil Wears Prada will be hitting the road with Memphis May Fire, Silverstein and Like Moths To Flames.

Every band faces their own ups and downs and always find a way to pull out of difficult situations they are faced with and sometimes come back stronger than ever. This is the case with The Devil Wears Prada.

The album opens up with “Praise Poison” and immediately digs deep into the heavy TDWP we all grew to love. The first two tracks off of the album seem to merge both With Roots Above and Branches Below and my personal favorite, the Zombie EP. “Worldwide” starts off with an eerie feeling and then dives into a song full of fast paced riffs accompanied by Jeremy DePoyster’s iconic voice. The Devil Wears Prada has created a continuation story  of Home For Grave off of their album, 8:18, with “Home For The Grave II.” The album ends with the title track, “Transit Blues,” where Mike points out talking about anxiety and a panic attack disorder.  Each track on the album pulls the greatest from each of The Devil Wears Prada’s best from their past albums, including a taste of them in each track on Transit Blues, making it the best pieces of work The Devil Wears Prada has put out to date. Transit Blues highlights the true talents and hard work of The Devil Wears Prada and marks a new era for the band.

“Daughter” music video:

In addition, we chatted with Mike Hranica about the upcoming album, where inspiration was drawn from and what they’re most excited for their fans to hear.

What are you most excited for listeners to hear on Transit Blues?

Folks have been mentioning the diversity and expansion in the sound.  I receive that as a compliment and am excited for listeners to experience that.

How do you feel you’ve grown from when you first formed to now? What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?

We’ve grown in every single way.  There is much to occur from the age of 16 to 27.  I’m not so sure that a biggest lesson stands out, but instead dozens and dozens of smaller things.

The Devil Wears Prada is gearing up for the release of Transit Blues, how did the recording process of the album go?

By the end of the two months, we’re pretty thoroughly exhausted.  We think the world of Dan Korneff and working with him, though: that’s the guy we’ve chosen to continue work with, specifically and with intention in every way.

What are some musical influences that can be heard on Transit Blues? How was it working with Dan Korneff?

I think a kind of post hardcore influence appears in Transit Blues.  We’re gear snobs and can play around with different amps and guitars all day, so creating different textures is very important to us.  Dan is most excellent at capturing that and joining us in what exactly we look to achieve with each song.

 

TOUR DATES:

OCTOBER

11   Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO*
13   The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL*
14   The Opera House, Toronto, ONT  Canada*
16   The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
18   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
19   Webster Hall, New York, NY
20   The Palladium, Worcester, MA
22   The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
23   The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
24   Rocketown, Nashville, TN
26   Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN
27   Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
28   The Door, Dallas, TX
29   Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
31   Nile Theatre, Mesa, AZ

NOVEMBER

1    SOMA, San Diego, CA
2    Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
4    The UC Theatre, Berkeley, CA

* without Silverstein

 

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