On tour supporting their latest album, Transit Blues, which released early last month, The Devil Wears Prada showed that they have not lost the emotion and rawness so prevalent in their music in the last decade. As a bridge between the post-hardcore scene and the metal scene, TDWP’s style resonates with many, bringing people together across genre lines.
Transit Blues is a deeply personal album with a handful of the songs focusing on the effect touring has emotionally and physically. It’s one thing to hear those tracks while the band is at home with friends and family; it’s a whole different experience to witness those songs being performed while the band is in the midst of touring, living in the moments they sing of.
In addition to the pressures of touring and the toll that it can take, TDWP also addresses the issue of anxiety with their title track “Transit Blues.” Even as mental health is something that is starting to become an accepted topic of discussion, there is still a stigma attached to talking about such things, particularly amongst men. Not afraid to open up on this album, TDWP closes the LP with a song that leaves the listener deep in thought.
The group opened their set at the Glass House with the first track off Transit Blues, “Praise Poison,” which, although short, was explosive and left the audience amped up and ready for more. Another track, “Lock and Load,” touched on gun control and the prevalence of shootings, issues that, being from Chicago, are deeply relevant for the members.
TDWP is a truly phenomenal band to see live, and their energy was highly contagious. The crowd exploded during their performance of “Reptar, King of the Ozone,” and it was evident that the fans in attendance were excited to hear songs off of some of the older albums as well. Check out some photos from the show below!
Assistant to the Regional Manager
To the Key of Evergreen
Born to Lose
Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over / Reptar, King of the Ozone / HTML Rulez D00d
Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?