I love The Devil Wears Prada. I’m not going to deny that. They take a lot of flak for being a “scene” band and their use of breakdowns take a lot of criticism, but I just don’t buy it.  They have a really unique and heavy sound and an unprecedented atmosphere with songs full of emotion. I also have a high regard for Chris Rubey’s minimalist approach to guitar. I idolize every aspect of their music and I don’t think they deserve a lot of the criticism they receive. It’s well orchestrated and composed and despite the odd break down, TDWP are one of those bands that use breakdowns as compositional tools and not derivative drivel.  /endrant

Anyways, TDWP have an upcoming live album which I am quite excited for. Having witnessed them in a live setting, I can tell you that their energy is an essential component to their music. They released footage from the DVD of their song “Vengeance” from last years stellar Dead Throne and it looks fantastic. The crane shots are really epic and it looks like they captured the essence of their shows really well, without sacrificing the intimacy of the performance. Check it out!

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There are also some other updates that have been overlooked. Better late then never though! TDWP’s Keyboard player and sample programmer James Baney recently announced that he is leaving his band to focus on his marriage. A real shame since his stage presence was unmatched as far as keyboardist’s are concerned. Oh well. Here is the official statement.

With great deliberation and difficulty, we have decided to part ways with our keyboardist James Baney. James will always be family to TDWP, being one of the most well-intentioned people we know. Our prayers to James in beginning a new chapter with his wife back home, and our endless gratitude to TDWP fans for understanding. We’ll see you at a show soon.

You can also catch The Devil Wears Prada on their Tour of the US in a couple months with a stellar line-up that will make our editor Dinsinformasiya shit himself. Make sure you don’t miss letlive., Every Time I Die and Oh Sleeper because that makes for a really high-octane show.  Dates after the jump

MARCH

9          Bloomington, IL                     The Castle Theatre
10        Grand Rapids, MI                  The Intersection
11        Des Moines, IA                       People’s Court
14        Reno, NV                                Knitting Factory
15        Las Vegas, NV                        Hard Rock Café
16        Pomona, CA                           The Glass House
17        Tucson, AZ                             Rialto Theatre
18        Farmington, NM                    Top Deck
20        Austin, TX                               Emo’s East
21        Tulsa, OK                                Cain’s Ballroom
23        Nashville, TN                         Rocketown
24        N. Myrtle Beach, SC               House Of Blues
25        Raleigh, NC                             Lincoln Theater
27        Norfolk, VA                            The NorVa
28        Allentown, PA                        Crocodile Rock
30        Providence, RI                       Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
31        Buffalo, NY                             The Town Ballroom

APRIL

1          Indianapolis, IN                     Egyptian Room
21        São Paulo, BR                        Carioca Club
22        Curitiba, BR                            Music Hall
24        Buenos Aires, AR                  El Teatro Flores
25        Santiago, CL                           Teatro Teleton
27        Bogota, CO                             Teatro Metro Bogota
29        Mexico City, MX                     Circo Volador

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