Dayton Ohio’s Christian metalcore masters, The Devil Wears Prada will be releasing their first ever live DVD/CD on June 26. The package titled Dead & Alive was recorded at the Palladium in Massachusetts on the band’s 2011 Dead Thone tour. Metalholic caught up with guitarist Jeremy DePoyster on Wednesday, June 6, to talk about Dead & Alive as well as the band’s inaugural addition to the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, which kicks off June 30 in San Bernardino, CA.
DePoyster filmed and edited a wide array of behind-the-scenes footage for the DVD including studio footage, hanging out, rehearsals at home, and backstage touring footage, along with some day-in-the-life footage.
Jeremy offered that this isn’t the first time the band has considered doing a live album and DVD.
“We’ve wanted to do a live DVD kind of capturing the show for a long time. Everybody says we’re better live than we are CDs. But we always just feel that there’s a lot of energy and stuff that you get out of a live performance that you don’t get on a CD. When you’re forced to sit there and be exposed to everything that a band has to show you it’s a little different than just clicking through a 10 billion song iTunes library. We’ve always put a lot into our live shows and I think we think about that just about more than anything else and felt like we really wanted to capture it. This was our first really big headlining tour, and we felt like this was a good time to shoot one of the shows.”
Besides releasing their first live effort, The Devil Wears Prada have also been tapped to join the 5th annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival for the first time. “It was super flattering and super awesome to be considered,” DePoyster said, of this year’s entry. “We’ve been interested in it pretty much since the “fest” came out. As kids we liked Slipknot, and Rob Zombie, and Slayer, and Korn. What Slayer was to a lot of people those days, that was what like Zombie and Korn and Slipknot and bands like that were to me. That was kind of my rebellion and just the way to get this music that was sort of heavy and loud. Between Slipknot and Korn, that was my childhood wrapped up.”
This will mark the first full tour the band has done without the band’s original six members. Over the seven-year course of the band’s career it has remained, DePoyster, vocalist Mike Hranica, bassist Andy Trick, drummer Daniel Williams, lead guitarist Chris Rubey, and keyboardist James Baney. However, back in February 2012, Baney opted to step down from the band. In an era of young bands with interchangeable parts keeping the same line-up together for three-quarters of a decade is no small feat. I asked Jeremy what the band attributes the band’s stability to.
“I guess you could get into the religious or faith side of things and all that kind of stuff. But I really attribute it to the fact that we really just wanna do something more than just getting high all the time and this lifestyle that comes with being in a band. It’s not our kind of thing. We just like being in a band. I don’t know, there’s this whole crazy world of ‘on-the-roadness’ that has nothing to do with the one hour set you play every night or the CDs you put out, that we just have no interest in being a part of. I think that’s a bog part of it. We all have the common theme, and we’ve always been anti-ego in our band, and we hold each other accountable for that. I think that helps.”
DePosyter is quick to point out that keyboards will remain an essential part of the band. “For right now it’s just us guys, but we have somebody playing [keyboards] with us. It’s important for that to still be a part of our band. And we’re already writing new stuff, and all that stuff has keys on it. We’re definitely not looking to get rid of the keys in our music. I think it’s something that makes our sound.”
You can hear our full interview with James below, and check out the debut video “Vengeance” from Dead & Alive as well.
You pre-order Dead & Alive now with special bundles available on the band’s website http://tdwpstore.com/