|The Devil Wears Prada|
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Metalcore, Melodic metalcore, Post-metalcore, Sludge metal
The Devil Wears Prada, also known as TDWP, is a melodic metalcore band that originated out of Dayton, Ohio in the United States of America. The band began in 2005, with the lineup of Vocalist Mike Hrancia, Guitarist/Vocalist Jeremy Depoyster, Guitarist Chris Rubey, Bassist Andy Trick, Keyboardist James Baney, and Drummer Daniel Williams.
The band has been on five major record labels and currently are signed with Solid State Records. The band has put out seven studio albums and two EPs.
The Devil Wears Prada began in 2005, out of Dayton, Ohio. The band was created by Vocalist Mike Hrancia, Guitarist Chris Rubey, Keyboardist James Baney, and Drummer Daniel Williams. The band played a show without a full-lineup, playing with a fill-in bassist and only one guitarist. Shortly after, Rhythm Guitarist Jeremy Depoyster and Bassist Andy Trick joined the band. They continued playing at local areas in Dayton before recording their demo later in the year which was titled Patterns of a Horizon.
Only a year after their demo had been out, the band was sent a contract by Rise Records. The band, now unsatisfied with their demo, opted to re-record all the songs of the release, with hopes to put them on their next album. After being chased down by him, the band decided to record with Joey Sturgis, who had been working hard to work with them. The band recorded the album, Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, in Connorsville, Indiana, and would be released on August 22, 2006.
With Dear Love released at the end of the summer of 2006, The Devil Wears Prada already had songs for their second album prepared by winter of the same year. On August 21, 2007 - just short of a year by one day - the band released their sophomore album, Plagues. After some streaming from online sources, the band got more exposure to the secular market. Because of this Plagues peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard 200.
In 2008, following a performance at Warped Tour, the band began recording their third album, which would become their best-known record, charting at 11 on the Billboard 200. in the Autumn, they debuted a song off of the upcoming record while on tour with Underoath, The Famine, Saosin, P.O.S, and Person L.
On March 13, the group released a song from the album prior to its release entitled "Dez Moines". Also before the release, the purchaser was given the option to receive several pre-ordered packages. One deal that features the album, a DVD, and a shirt also includes a card with a code that allowed the purchaser to download "Dez Moines", and "Assistant to the Regional Manager". The band launched their official website and released With Roots Above and Branches Below both on May 5, 2009. The sales of the album have been very satisfactory which brought it to position No. 11 on the Billboard 200 for top albums upon its release. From November 23 to December 21, 2009, the band toured with All That Remains, and from February 4 to March 21, 2010, they were included on a tour headlined by Killswitch Engage and opened by Dark Tranquillity.
In an interview at the beginning of April with Lucy Alberts of Alternative Press, the band revealed that they were recording an EP before they begin their Back to the Roots Tour. The EP was described as a "fun" release with "brutal" songs in the vein of what will eventually become the band's forthcoming studio album. The band's Back to the Roots Tour was presented by Rockstar. Mike Hranica stated "One of the primary elements of the Back to the Roots Tour is playing a few Dear Love songs that we have not played in a long time, and probably will not play again or anytime soon." On June 11 it was announced that they have completed the recording of the EP, the title for it was revealed as being Zombie and was released on August 23. After the completion and announcement of the EP, the band began their Back to the Roots Tour on June 25 as they planned.
The album's name was revealed to be Dead Throne and was released on September 13, 2011, through Ferret Music. It has since become a critical and commercial success, where it peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, selling 32,420 copies within its first week. Dead Throne also topped the Christian and Independent album charts, as well as peaking at number 3 on the Rock and Hard Rock album charts. The band was confirmed for the Mayhem Festival tour at the beginning of 2012, with Slayer, Slipknot, and As I Lay Dying. During this tour on February 22, 2012 keyboard player James Baney left the band. The Devil Wears Prada will release a CD/DVD album, Dead and Alive. The live album was released on June 26, 2012.
On January 25, 2012, Mike Hranica announced in an interview with Noisecreep that the band is working on their fifth album and that the album will be darker than Dead Throne and lyrically more sad and miserable, Hranica also stated that guitarist Chris Rubey has come up with material that is absolutely relentless. Hranica went on to comment that he is very excited about the keyboard parts they've been working on since James Baney's departure, describing them as "very dark and intense".
On February 20, 2013, the band announced that guitarist Chris Rubey missed the band's immediate touring with As I Lay Dying to tend to his newborn child. Samuel Penner of For Today and In the Midst of Lions was Rubey's temporary replacement. The Devil Wears Prada performed a new track titled "Gloom" at live shows, the final studio version of the song is on the group's latest studio album, which will see a fall release through Roadrunner Records. That album was produced by Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot) with Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz executive producing. The new album was released on September 17, 2013.
It was revealed on the band's Facebook that the title of the new album would be 8:18. Pre-orders began on July 30, 2013, and included the tracks "Home for Grave" and "Martyrs". It was announced in early 2014 that the band would be touring as part of the Warped Tour 2014 on one of the main stages. On March 7, 2015 the band resigned to Rise Records. 10 days later, they announced the departure of founding guitarist Chris Rubey, and that they will be releasing a new EP titled Space. The band will also be releasing a 7" vinyl on Record Store Day titled South of the City via Atlantic/Roadrunner. On March 14, the band embarked on a tour for the five-year anniversary of their EP Zombie. The band has performed "Supernova", a song off Space, and released it on June 18 which was followed by another song, titled "Alien", on August 4. Before the EP was released, Hranica announced they had a new guitarist named Kyle Sipress, the band's former guitar tech. The Space EP itself was released on August 21. On August 20, the band premiered a music video for the opening track, "Planet A".
On July 2, 2016, the band parted ways with drummer Daniel Williams. On July 15, 2016, the band released a new song along with a music video called "Daughter". On July 18, 2016, just a couple of days after they released "Daughter", the band announced their new record Transit Blues will be released on October 7, 2016. Later on July 18, 2016, Giuseppe Capolupo, drummer of Demise of Eros, Haste the Day, and Once Nothing, stated he had recorded on Transit Blues. The band later released a video for "To the Key of Evergreen". The album, Transit Blues, was released October 7, 2016. Hranica recently was interviewed and when asked about adding Giuseppe Capolupo as an official member, he stated "I totally perceive it being a permanent replacement if things go well". In 2017, the band embarked on a tour with Anthrax and Killswitch Engage, called the "Killthrax Tour". On September 24, 2018, they signed with Solid State Records.
The Act (2019–present)
In 2019, Gering and Capolupo joined the band as official members. They proceeded to join in recording their seventh studio album The Act, with Gering providing songwriting and production duties, alongside producer Sonny DiPerri. On September 23, 2020, the band released an episode of their podcast (The Prada Pod) in which they discussed bassist Andy Trick's departure from the band and his replacement: former touring bassist Mason Nagy.
- Mike Hrancia - Vocals (2005-present), Rhythm Guitars (2011-present)
- Jeremy Depoyster - Clean Vocals, Rhythm Guitars (2005-present)
- Kyle Sipress - Lead Guitars (2015-present)
- Mason Nagy - Bass (2019-present)
- Jonathan Gering - Keyboards (2012-2019 [Live], 2019-present)
- Giuseppe Capolupo - Drums (2016-2019 [Live], 2019-present)
- Chris Rubey - Lead Guitars (2005-2015)
- Andy Trick - Bass (2005-2019)
- James Baney - Keyboards (2005-2012)
- Daniel Williams - Drums (2005-2016)
- Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord (2006)
- Plagues (2007)
- With Roots Above and Branches Below (2009)
- Dead Throne (2011)
- 8:18 (2013)
- Transit Blues (2016)
- The Act (2019)
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