Never let it be said that the Devil Wears Prada shirks from adversity.
During March founding member and chief songwriter Chris Rubey called it quits with the hard-rocking troupe from Dayton, Ohio. But predictions of the group's demise proved to be exaggerated as the remaining members rallied and released "Space," a conceptual EP that TDWP is playing in its entirety during it's current tour.
"As soon as I got the call from (Rubey), I had a call with the other guys and said, 'Hey, we're not done here. We're gonna keep going. Our work in this band is unfinished. We definitely have a lot still building, and until that is complete and we start retracing our steps, that's the time to hang it up,'" frontman Mike Hranica recalls by phone from a tour stop in Montreal.
"I was just trying to maintain energy and momentum, and I think everybody else felt the same way. It's like a refresh, a revitalization that came along with more responsibility on other members. It was sort of a barricade to hurdle over, but I feel like we really did it."
"Space" is TDWP's second concept EP, following 2010's "Zombie" (a pair of full-length albums came in between). And like its predecessor, "Space" is also being turned into a comic book, and Hranica wouldn't mind seeing other adaptations as well.
"I like the ability to ficionalize and be dramatic," he explains. "For someone who likes to write as much as I do, being specific with a theme is really enjoyable. And I like doing EPs in general; I feel like short bites of work is really appealing to fans. When you have a specific theme, like 'Space' or 'Zombie,' it can become so exhausting and sort of mundane hearing the same thing over 10 or 12 songs. That's something we definitely like to avoid."
Further good news for fans is that they won't have to wait long for the next full-length TDWP album. The group already had one two-week writing session in Wisconsin that yielded five solid song ideas, and there are plans to reconvene later this fall and during early 2016, though Hranica says there's no rush to make something happen.
"I felt like for '8:18' (in 2013) and 'Dead Throne' (in 2011) we were rushed," he says. "We wrote both records in two stints of three weeks each, and at the second stint for both records it was definitely like, 'We've got to complete this,' and I think that negatively impacted on the quality of the songs. I think there was filler.
"That's precisely what we're trying to avoid this time. We want it to be something we're really happy with and really proud of, and we'll take our time to make sure it's there."
The Devil Wears Prada, Motionless in White, the Word Alive, Upon a Burning Body and the Color Morale
Sunday, Oct. 25. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
Tickets are $35 and $22.
Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.thefillmoredetroit.com.
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