Preview: No more Gucci for these Christian metal-heads 

The Devil Wears Prada, The Human Abstract, Chasing Victory, LoveHateHero
The Underground at the Harrison Center for the Arts
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m., $10

The Devil Wears Prada brings its brand of heavy metal to the all-ages Underground venue in Indy Wednesday with tourmates The Human Abstract, Chasing Victory and LoveHateHero for a hardcore metal show with a Christian edge. Blending heavy metal riffs with harsh screams, piano melodies and a Christian lifestyle, The Devil Wears Prada is a breath of fresh air in the music scene, touring in support of its debut full-length CD, Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord. The band doesn’t do drugs, smoke or drink, and their lyrics have faith-inspired meanings, but they still rock it out.

A year ago, band members Daniel Williams (drums), Mike Hranica (vocals), Chris Rubey (guitar), Jeremy DePoyster (guitar/vocals), Andy Trick (bass) and James Baney (keys) hung out in their hometown, Dayton, Ohio, writing songs for their record, including “Swords, Dragons & Diet Coke” and “Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over.” Since then, Prada has toured with big acts like He Is Legend, Silverstein, Bleeding Through, Blessed by a Broken Heart, Aiden and, most recently, Chiodos. The band wraps up its national tour in Ohio at the end of the month.

Since its formation, Prada has gotten a few confused looks when they tell people the name of their band. Rather than capitalizing on the name from the chick-lit book or the recent hit movie, they mean it literally. “What we believe it to mean is that possessions don’t matter at all, and someday everyone will realize that this is true,” Hranica says. “When standing before God, He won’t care about your sweet Prada scarf or Gucci shoes or whatever. It’s a Christian reasoning for the name; we didn’t name it in an attempt at being fashionable or whatever.”

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