On a rainy Halloween night at Millvale’s own Mr. Smalls, The Devil Wears Prada (TDWP) stopped by to play a charity show right before they officially started their next tour, supporting their new album, “8:18”. The show that they played at Mr. Smalls was not only a charity concert, but it was also to make up for them dropping out of the first annual “Alliance Festival” which was supposed to be held in McDonald, PA, earlier this year. The band felt real bad about dropping out on such short notice, so this was their solution to make up for it.
Before the band came out onto the stage to play in front of a sold out crowd, all anyone could see was their giant logo, standing up behind their drummer’s set, that started to light up the whole room as some very loud bass drops shook the whole building and everyone inside. As the band ran out onto the stage, their frontman Mike Hranica jumps out right in front of the crowd wearing and supporting a Pittsburgh Pirate’s McCutchen jersey, which was definitely a crowd pleaser. TDWP jumped right into their newest opening song “Gloom” which got the crowd screaming at the top of their lungs and head banging like crazy. Just from seeing how the crowd reacted to the first song, I had that feeling that things were going to get extremely intense throughout the night; somehow, that was an understatement. The next song they played was the opening track off of their “Zombie EP”, “Escape” and at the point in the night, I started to see people drop left and right from the insane mosh pit and the crowd surfers, who were more like flying to the front of the stage than surfing their way up. I was beyond amazed at the sight that was before my eyes; just the intensity that was coming off of the band and the crowd was unreal. But the band kept rolling, moving right into their next couple songs before they finally stopped to say “Hi” to the crowd.
Towards the middle of their set, they slowed things down a bit, it was nice way to calm down the crowd and get everyone involved in singing together and to just kind of jam out a bit. Just for a short time frame though, they didn’t want the crowd to get off too easy before they jumped right back into it. Sadly though… the band only had a few songs left after that. At that point, the crowd was dead out of energy, and they got a BIG second wind when they kicked in with one of their biggest songs “Danger: Wildman”. You would’ve thought the band just started the show from the beginning then. As soon as the song was over, the crowd instantly started roaring for an encore. TDWP gave it to them alright, this time with Mike rocking a Crosby Penguins jersey instead. To top off the night, they ended with the song “Mammoth” which was off of their previous album “Dead Throne”.
Overall, I was beyond amazed with The Devil Wears Prada’s performance that night. I would without question go see them again. Their stage performance, song selection, just everything about what they did that night was an exhilarating experience to say the least. If only they played more! But that’s why beggars can’t be choosers.
Checkout their website for more tour dates supporting their newest album “8:18” and check the album out to while you’re at it if you haven’t already!
All photos ©2013 Pittsburgh Music Magazine and Mike Mendlowitz