In the wake of metalcore bands that ruled the scene in the mid-aughts reaching the double digits of bandom, it’s usually not a surprise to see entire new lineups. However, when The Devil Wears Prada announced that founding member and guitarist Chris Rubey would be leaving the band, it strikes a turn of events as he was a fundamental part of their sound and songwriting.
Loudwire reported that in a Facebook post the bands explains that Rubey is leaving the band to spend more time with his wife and daughter and that they will continue on with a replacement guitarist and an upcoming tour:
Fans, Friends, Listeners-
At the end of October, upon completing our run of shows in Mexico, Chris decided that it was time to stay home and be with his wife and daughter. While losing a founding member might seem to be a bumpy transition to announce, we find ourselves terrifically proud and enthused to continue moving forward with touring and writing new material. The upcoming Space EP is a testament to what we’re capable of and the always truthful fact that TDWP is a collective collaboration rather than any single member or component. We’re happy to say that parting ways with Chris couldn’t have been more amicable: we understand and wish him the very best at being with his family.
In the meantime, our good friend Kyle is playing with us: a fine gentleman and an excellent guitarist who helped out tremendously in the making of Space EP. The Zombie 5 Tour is off to a fantastic start, and we look forward to seeing all of you at an upcoming show.
Mike & The Pradas
The band had just announced that they would be returning to Rise Records for a new EP. In a scene where bands fizzled out as quickly as they started, it’s amazing that The Devil Wears Prada have been able to keep such longevity. While the band looks to the future with optimism, with Rubey being such a key member in the songwriting process, it will be interesting to see what kind of direction they take their next album.