THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA will release its sixth full-length album, "Transit Blues", on October 7 via Rise Records. It follows last year's "Space" EP that bowed at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 and earned widespread acclaim. Upholding a career-long tradition of progression and perseverance, the group's new record represents another natural evolution.
The band retreated to both Watertown, Wisconsin and Sawyer, Michigan last winter to write "Transit Blues", for the first time living and creating in a shared, full time space. They re-teamed with "Space" producer Dan Korneff (PIERCE THE VEIL, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE) in the spring of 2016 to record the 11-track effort. Overall, the album reflects themes of transition, separation, and mourning.
"It's like zooming out on a commute," explains singer Mike Hranica. "It's the notion of getting from one place to another. Most people go from their homes to work while we go from date to date on tour. Either way, it's the inevitable process of growth and change. There are moments of anger, but the pervading theme is separation. Drawing the full circle, it is separation that is inherent in moving from one place to another."
Last week, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA unleashed the first single "Daughter", and it racked up nearly 270,000 views in less than a week. A marriage of metallic elegance, punk immediacy and sweeping alternative, the track nods to a passion Hranica has yet to properly write about: literature. Specifically, it takes a page from Simone de Beauvoir's novel "The Mandarins".
"It's strange," smiles Hranica. "I will write EPs based on subjects that aren't super close to my heart like 'Zombie' or 'Space' because it opens the door for me to make my own stories based off the topics. When we did 'Transit Blues', it was only natural to incorporate fiction. 'Daughter' is the most forthright example."
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, clean vocals), Andy Trick (bass) and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar).
Sitting behind the drum kit for the "Daughter" video shoot was Guiseppe Antonio Capolupo (HASTE THE DAY), who has also joined THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA on the road. His addition to THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA follows the departure of Daniel Williams, whose exit from the band was made public earlier in the month.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA performed at the Chicago Open Air festival on July 15 and embarked on a short, intimate club tour last week, starting at Cleveland's Grog Shop on July 18. The run will wrap up in Springfield, Missouri at the end of the month.
Photo credit: Anthony Barlich