The Devil Wears Prada Had ‘Fair Share of Crappy Tours’
The Devil Wears Prada are about to hit the road … again. This time, the band will provide main support for Killswitch Engage‘s winter tour. The two-month run starts Feb. 4 in Boston and will see both bands zig zag across the United States, hitting many of the nation’s biggest cities. While this tour is another big break for the Devil Wears Prada, the band is taking it all in stride, arguing they’ve worked just as hard — or harder — than their counterparts, dutifully earning their slot on the tour.
“We’ve really been blessed with the tours we’ve gotten and the general success we’ve had,” Devil vocalist Mike Hranica humbly tells Noisecreep. “I’m really grateful for it, and I think we’ve been wanting to tour with Killswitch for awhile. We always liked the idea. It’s cool that it is finally coming together. But at the same time, I know it could have been way harder and there are a lot of bands who never got the opportunity. It’s just a blessing and I don’t know … some people say we don’t deserve it, but I think we do. We’ve worked hard and we’ve done our fair share of crappy tours.”
Crappy tours and big gigs alike, at this point, the Devil Wears Prada have just about done it all. While Hranica has a big voice and presence on stage, he does admit the occasional case of pre-show jitters gets him down. Even after countless live gigs, Hranica has a few self-imposed rules to keep him at his fiercest when the curtain drops and the pit begins to swell.
“As a singer, you’re not only like running a marathon, you’re also forcing your guts up through your mouth the entire time. As a vocalist, it’s definitely tougher. For me, I’m kind of just sticking with a three-hour rule. Three hours before we play, I don’t eat anything before that — unless it’s like candy or a drink.”
Hranica also has the same worries as any musician, including fears of getting too hot, running out of energy and the worst: that the crowd won’t be into his band. At the end of the day, members of the Devil Wears Prada approach playing live much like recording and just “go with the flow.”
“All of our music is organic, because we go from one thing to another. We always try to be heavier and write better singing parts. That’s how we base it. It’s kind of organic, but at the same time, we like to focus on doing something heavier and heavier.”