“We’re just sitting at the edge of our seats, waiting for fans to be able to hear it,” is how The Devil Wears Prada are feeling the evening before their ‘Space’ EP is set to be unleashed into the world. Originally conceived as a mishmash of potential children’s birthday party themes (Aliens, Cowboys, etc.), the band latched onto the idea of space and the resulting 6-track record is as vast, mysterious and present as the title suggests.
“The amount of fiction that’s possible about space is just a total dream,” starts Mike Hranica. “We were completely sucked into the idea. I love getting a chance to do EPs. This is our second one and I really love the shortness of it. It’s immediate, it’s abrupt and there’s a sense of fantasy, drama and fiction to it. The record also fits to the attention deficit world we live in where so much media and entertainment is flashed in our face all the time,” he continues.
While ‘Space’ might follow on from 2013’s ‘8:18’ in a liner sense, it’s actually more of a sequel to 2010’s ‘Zombie’ EP, which is rarely missing from conversations about the bands best work to date.
“People said ‘Zombie’ was our heaviest material but a part of that was because it was so compounded,” ventures Mike. “It was a quick five songs. There’s parts on ‘8:18’ that are equally heavy but because of the breadth, it doesn’t feel that heavy. With that in mind, there’s an expectation that ‘Space’ should be as heavy as ‘Zombie’. It’s a different notion of heavy and one that I appreciate, as I’ve gotten older. It’s a little daunting having people expect something we never intended.”
Change isn’t just confided in how hard the record hits though.
“There’s more of a romance to the ‘Space’ EP. Songs like ‘Moon God’ and ‘Supernova’, which is a based off of a relationship in a very abstract form, are definitely fantasmic. It’s definitely exaggerated and dramatic. ‘Asteroid’ is meant to be very grounded and emotional. It’s about recognising what we care for and what we spend our time with in the perspective of this asteroid that’s about to ruin everything. It’s more involved with humanity than one might expect.”
“The collaboration in the band is widening but also narrowing,” continues Mike. “We know what works for us. We’ve been around for ten years and we know how to work with each other. It’s cool having different people involved though, it creates a sense of freshness within the project.“
When Chris Rubey left the band at the end of October last year, it left a vacuum beyond simply playing guitar. The band had lost their main songwriter but that came with new freedoms.
“Chris leaving the band really opened up a lot of responsibility for the different members of the band. We’ve always worked together and we’ve written songs but a lot of the time, the contributions from the rest of the band were limited because Chris was already doing it.“
With room to manoeuvre, The Devil Wear Prada quickly started exploring their own sense of responsibility and found it suited them. “It’s a little less technical and more organic. That’s definitely going to come across in the next record as well.”
With time penciled in to start work on their next full length later this year and the hope to record in spring, The Devil Wears Prada are taking their new roles and running with them.
“I’m feeling confident with it. The band is different without Chris but I’m really excited. This feels like our best material. It felt really good for us and still does. Its something we can be proud of, it’s a new direction and it’s been a little bit of a refresh. “