Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada Says Complaining Is Stupid on Warped Tour
The Devil Wears Prada vocalist Mike Hranica has one piece of advice for fellow bands playing Warped Tour: Don't complain.
"A lot of bands go on Warped Tour and don't play for many people," Hranica told Noisecreep, calling from the Virginia Beach, Va., stop. "A lot of people go into it not having a big crowd, not having a nice bus.
"We really lucked out last year. We put off Warped Tour one year to do Sounds of the Underground. The (first) year we did do Warped, which was last year, we ended up doing really well. But there are people that complain. It's stupid because it's an awesome opportunity for practically any band in any genre. So, like, complaining about your set time or the other bands on it, it's kind of stupid."
Besides the whiners, Hranica reported that Warped Tour is going "really well" this year.
"The shows have all been awesome," Hranica said. "In our off time, I'm playing guitar, playing Xbox, riding bikes, hanging out, watching bands, eating food. That's about it. It's going to be weird not doing Warped Tour one of these summers because, for the past two years, it's almost like a strong foundation of touring for the year. It's awesome and the shows are good. Most of the people are good and it's an awesome thing to be a part of."
This summer, The Devil Wears Prada is touring in support of their album "With Roots Above and Branches Below." In their 40-minute set, they are playing four songs off the release.
"It's going over pretty well," Hranica said. "Some of them, you can tell the people don't know it that much. But I think it's a matter of time when they get into it more. Some of the songs do better than the other songs. We're all happy to be playing new songs. We've been playing the old ones so long. I don't think people walk away disappointed that there weren't enough old songs being played. I think it's doing well."
Hranica said the band to watch this year is A Day to Remember because "they're crowd is massive every day. They sell a lot. They're definitely a big name right now." Fans, however, aren't appreciating other acts.
"The bands that get the most crap are the poppy bands that really don't have bands," Hranica said before going off the record.
After The Devil Wears Prada finishes Warped Tour, they're going to tour the United Kingdom and mainland Europe with the British post-hardcore band Enter Shikari.
"We've always heard about how well they do," Hranica said. "So this is only our second UK tour. It's awesome to be under a band that does so well. Hopefully the shows will be really packed and stuff."