It’s a bittersweet day for Ohio band The Devil Wears Prada, who have officially parted ways with lead guitarist Chris Rubey while also announcing their first new release since 2013, the Space EP.
In a statement posted to Facebook today, vocalist Mike Hranica explained that Rubey has decided to spend more time with his family, detailed the new EP and announced Rubey’s current replacement:
“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.”
In other The Devil Wears Prada News, the band have announced they are returning to Rise Records — who released their 2007 album Plagues — for the Space EP, “a new concept release” which is due out in the American summer.
The Space EP will be the first new release from the band since 2013’s 8:18. Hranica teased the new music in an interview with Music Feeds at Soundwave 2015 (below), and now we have a title and a release plan.
That said, The Devil Wears Prada have also given fans in the US a taste of new music. The band debuted a new song live this week, with footage of the untitled track (below) appearing online. The group are currently celebrating the fifth anniversary of their Zombie EP with an American tour.
Watch: The Devil Wears Prada debut a new song live at Rocketown in Nashville (15/03/15)