In this brief Q&A, frontman Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada divulges bits and pieces of what to expect on the follow up from 2010’s Ferret Music EP release, “Zombie.” Mike talks of secrecy and anti-idolatry, along with working with mega-producer Adam Dutkiewicz, A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon and long-time producer Joey Sturgis (Emmure, Asking Alexandria, Confide) as added vocal and keyboard production. With the all-star team assembled, the new album should be a beast.
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How is the production set up with Joey, Adam and Jeremy all providing input to this album? Who is doing what?
”Adam D is the primary dude by all means, he is unquestionably the guy that has most control and the most say. When we finished writing this album in Chicago Jeremy came up for a week, hung out with us and did vocal production with occasional arrangement tweaks. He was there primarily to look at vocal patterns and make sure everything sounded as best as it possibly could. He was there to oversee, question and offer another view. Up at Zing Studios where we are recording Adam has been in control, helping us trim the fat and just making sure that each song has everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. Joey will help Adam in tracking keys in the next few days. It’s a unique set up with one leading engineer, a guy doing the keys and a guy pulling in vocal ideas but it’s worked and I’m glad we went for it.”
You said previously that you thought this album was going to be close to the ‘Zombie’ EP in terms of sound, now it’s actually being realised how close is it to that expectation?
“To be honest it’s different to how I thought it would be from the demos, it’s actually further away from the ‘Zombie’ EP than I expected and that scares me a bit to say as I know a lot of people want a continuation of that. There are parts just as heavy as that EP but the melodic is in there, i wouldn’t say there is more singing, perhaps it’s just more prominent. I could talk about it forever at this stage, we’ll just have to wait to see when the songs are mixed and mastered.”
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