Article by Karina Gaytan
Photos by Jamary Bobe
Ohio Christian metalcore band, The Devil Wears Prada formed in 2005, the band consists of Mike Hrancia (Vocals/Lyrics), Jeremy DePoyster (Guitar/Vocals), Andy Trick (Bass), and Kyle Sipress (Guitar). The band signed to Rise Records after getting their attention through email, and shortly after they released their debut record Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord. Hranica was still in high school at the time, so band tried to accommodate by touring during spring breaks and three day weekends as often as they could. After releasing Plagues in 2007, Prada hopped on the Sounds of the Underground festival with bands like GWAR and Darkest Hour, and later toured with then-scene heavyweights Chiodos, hopping on a bus after only three U.S. tours. The band proceeded to grow popularity, and in 2009, Hranica moved to Chicago, where he was introduced to bands like Trap Them, Mammoth Grinder and Weekend Nachos, getting involved in the city's scene.
The band later released Dead Throne, a record that generated a substantial sonic divide from their previous records. The record came out in 2011, which was confirmed to be a turning point for additional bands in the scene. Many metalcore acts then chose to modify their sound in order to gain a slot on fresh rock radio or get more listeners, yet Prada decided they would not copy whatever was popular. With the withdrawal of Chris Rubey, Kyle Sipress found himself joining the Devil Wears Prada as a full-time member, lending his skill to their 2015 Space EP. On Oct 11, Prada released their album "The Act." The Act introduces a new era for the Devil Wears Prada, reinvigorating their sound without abandoning everything that came before it in their career. The record delivers new components without having a disconcerting shift that distances them from the fans who have been around since their early days. They had no problem shifting from synth-heavy screamo to metalcore, and The Act proves they were able to switch it up once again.