Metal-core band The Devil Wears Prada grinds out gospelWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | email@example.com
“The Devil Wears Prada.” It’s a 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger that was turned into a movie released this year, and it’s the name of a new band from Dayton.
“We were looking for a name and Chris [Rubey] said, ‘Dude, I saw this book at my mom’s house.’ And he told us and we were like, ‘Dude, that’s so sweet!’ So we decided on that and put our own meaning to it,” said Daniel Williams, drummer.
“We’re a Christian band, so we have a religious spin on it. We think that nowadays if the devil was on earth walking around like a normal person, he’d dress up in super nice clothes, bragging about what he’s wearing. Basically, the devil would wear Prada because it’s the most expensive, ridiculous thing you can get.”
The five-member group’s debut disc, “Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord,” was released in August and boasts interesting song titles: “Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over,” “And the Sentence Trails Off …,” “Swords, Dragons & Diet Coke,” “Texas Is South.”
“We just try to make all of the song names funny to try to strike some curiosity to get people to listen to them,” Williams said.
The message embedded in the hardcore metal and screams is serious business for the band.
“A lot of the lyrics have a pretty big religious undertone about Christianity, like our beliefs,” Williams said. “Like in ‘Rosemary Had an Accident’ it says that Christ is still perfect in my mind, Christ is still perfect in my heart. It’s just different ideas that we believe in.”
The lyrics are by vocalist Mike Hranica, and the music is written with input from the band — guitarist Rubey, guitarist and vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, bassist Andy Trick, keyboardist James Baney and Williams.
The Devil Wears Prada will play at Headliners, 4500 N. Detroit Ave., on Dec. 18. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. Slated to open are Before Their Eyes, lovehatehero, Chasing Victory and The Human Abstract.
“We take time out of our set to talk about faith,” Williams said. “We didn’t start the band to sell CDs or get big, we made it because we want to spread the of word God.”
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