The Devil Wears Prada's Andy Trick: "If You Don't Agree With Us, That's Cool"

The Devil Wears Prada (the band)
The Devil Wears Prada (the band)
The Devil Wears Prada excels at dark, blanketing instrumentals that sweep from brutal crowd-moshing breakdowns and atmospheric bridges to intricate riffing and uplifting melodics that reflect their collective faith. When you throw in commanding roars and unflinching, post-hardcore vocals, it paints a picture of how the band bridges the gap between Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem festivals.

This year the band released 8:18, their fifth hostile album that is soaked in emotion and underlying themes of the war against humanity's dark urges and exploitive mediocrity, all paired with almost a sorrowful instrumental approach. It lashes out against, among other things, such as the lack of emotion in the current heavy metal scene and the uprising of the auto tune crutch used by so many musicians. 8:18 shows that The Devil Wears Prada--who rose to fame with the help of MySpace--have paid their dues and matured into their craft.

Vocalist Mike Hranica, guitarist/vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick and drummer Daniel Williams are hands-on in every aspect of the band and influenced by a broad spectrum of music, societal issues and Christianity.

Up On The Sun talked with bassist Andy Trick about the concept behind 8:18, his favorite tracks off the album, and being ranked on the charts right behind Avenged Sevenfold.

So with the new album, how was the approach or concept different from Dead Throne?
I look at the difference mostly in our writing process of the albums. I mean, they are different on many levels besides that too, though. With Dead Throne we started to separate and take time out, where we would write some songs and than sit on them, but primarily with 8:18 we were able to get together for like three weeks, write out like six or seven songs, and then schedule time to come back to them a couple months later and reevaluate them. We just really took our time on them.

So you guys were able to explore more technical aspects of the writing process then.
Yeah, that's how I look at it. I mean, we've been a band now for over eight years and we know how to work with each other. We're just able to refine that now at this point.

What two tracks are you specifically excited about on 8:18?
That's a tough one. I'm a huge huge fan of "First Sight," of course. I also really like "Black &
Blue" and "8:18" even though it's a change of pace and new.

Why is "First Sight" one of your favorites?
I just think it has a lot of parts that put forefront what The Devil Wears Prada is all about. Like, you hear it, and I'm all, "Yeah, that is what we are all about." We do what we wanna do and it's just aggressive and... I'm also partial because I love, very much love playing that live.

It's definitely an aggressive track. You know, the last time I talked with Jeremy [DePoyster, lead vocalist] was right before Dead Throne came out. He had said it was the band's most aggressive album to date. Do you feel like 8:18 raised the bar?
I like to think so. I mean we always try to bring the bar up with every new album and I think we achieved that with 8:18.

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Dakota Ellis
Dakota Ellis

Keep it up guys. Been listening for 6 years. The album I was closest to was dead throne. Bought it when I was a truck driver (in another lifetime) and listened to it in most of the states. Now I'm a family man who's bringing in the bacon with the rare guilty pleasure of listening to metal. Thank you. I've heard a few tracks from 8:18 but haven't been able to afford it yet lol, but alas, I will be jamming to that one day. P.S. I got my wife into y'all too :D also, saw y'all at warped tour in 2008 when I was 18. That's my favorite memory of that year by far!

Blake Cunningham
Blake Cunningham

I like how Andy defused the question about agreeability. When someone interviews you guys, there's always the monotonous is this album different? Who did what? All that jazz. But, my favorite redundant question is the one dealing with your beliefs. They expect some evangelical response...the evocation of the language of faith in which you might as well bow and pray before their very eyes. The purpose of the question is rather sinister: they are trying to stigmatize you. Or rather, maybe make you guys seem exotic. In our post-modern self-awareness where faith gets caricatured along with everything else by a ceaseless need to be middle class, we have these artists who refuse to toy with it. You might as well have come from pre-colonial Africa.

Sean Harry
Sean Harry

I'll see yoy guys in a few hours HOOYAH. Can't wait.

Scott Tinsley
Scott Tinsley

Much love and respect for y'all. I was hooked since Roots Above Branches Below. Just how unique y'all's sound is is just mind blowing everytime I something new comes out. I will always and forever keep listening and supporting y'all, by far one of, if not, my favorite band out there especially since y'all reap Christ and the Kingdom the best y'all are able to. So keep going and I'll look forward seeing y'all live sometime close to the Little Rock's time for Arkansas to be revived!


Keeping rockin out you guys, musically and spiritually

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