The Devil Wears Prada’s Mike Hranica Doesn’t Believe in Hero Worship
“I didn’t start going to hardcore and metal shows till about 2003,” says The Devil Wears Prada‘s Mike Hranica. The vocalist is sitting in his bus waiting for his band’s set time as one of this year’s main stage performers on Warped Tour. He’s telling Noisecreep about how his perception on the band life has changed throughout the years. “Once I started going to local shows, I got really into the whole thing.
“I went to a show almost every weekend and supported the local scene. I remember thinking how cool it was that the people playing in those bands were just like me, but they got to play music and express themselves through it. That was one of the most exciting things about joining this band. The Devil Wears Prada is the first band I’ve ever been in,” says Hranica.
“By the time I was more involved in the music scene, I realized that the people in these bigger bands were not gods. When I was going to shows when I was 12 and 13-years old, I might have thought differently. That’s the inspiration behind a lot of the stuff on the ‘Dead Throne’ album [The Devil Wears Prada’s upcoming album]. I think that the way some people worship these bands or celebrities is out of hand,” complained the vocalist.
Noisecreep asked Hranica to elaborate. “People in my own band have heard it through the years. “You guys are gods to me,” and stuff like that. We love our fans, but we’re not about that. It’s cool to be inspired by someone and admire the people you respect, but there’s a line. When you look up to someone in a band, you should say, “I like what you do,” rather than, “I want to be you.” We’re against that. Look, we all know what it’s like to be young and impressionable, but I’m talking about the people who are a bit older and should know the difference. This new record pinpoints that side of things — the idolatry.”
The Devil Wears Prada’s ‘Dead Throne’ will be out in September.