The Devil Wears Prada Guitarist Doesn’t Mind Lyrics About God

2011-11-07

Story by Cat Badra

The Devil Wears Prada’s Chris Rubey says band shares faith, friendship

Say you made it out to the punk rock caravan known as the Vans Warped Tour this past summer? Then you caught the Devil Wears Prada, live in combat. The Dayton, Ohio-based Christian hardcore band co-headlined the tour this year, and guitarist Chris Rubey says, counter-intuitively, that he was completely new to the legendary festival.

“I never went to Warped as a kid, but a bunch of dudes in the band are fans of Against Me!, Black Flay and punk rock bands,” he told Peavey. “They all went to Warped and that was their thing growing up. [But] it’s inevitable that change is [going to] happen.

“To my eyes, Warped is not limited by genre. We obviously play a certain brand of rock music. But once we got to a certain point [in our career] we got asked to do it, and that’s Kevin’s [Lyman] call. We were all over it when they asked. It’s pretty sick. We started out on a smaller stage and we got to play the main stage two years ago, then we came back this year and couldn’t ask for anything better — super big crowds every day.”

When asked how the guys have kept their original lineup, all these years, Rubey explained it’s because they share a respect for each other– and a strong faith. “Back when we first started we were friends from the same area. Some of us knew each other from youth group or church, and we were all into the same bands — Solid State [Records] bands like As I Lay Dying and Norma Jean.

“Our singer [Mike Hranica] asked if we minded if he wrote lyrics about God, and we all believe, so of course it wasn’t a problem. We’ve had our moments, but when we fight we look at things from what is right, what is moral. We try to work through the problems. We’ve found a perfect balance where everyone can coexist perfectly. We rarely fight these days. I wouldn’t say it’s because we’re a Christian band; we’re just really considerate of each other. We’re all friends. We’ve never known anything else.”

The Devil Wears Prada’s latest album, Dead Throne, brings together distinct songwriting and a tactful balance between melody and aggressiveness. Read Audio Ink Radio’s album review on the reviews page.

 




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