Is The Devil Wears Prada a Christian band?
The bands name was from the Lauren Weisburger book titled The Devil Wears Prada. The lead singer, Mike Hranica had this to say about the band name over at TDWP Myspace blog.
"What we believe it to mean is that possessions don't matter at all and someday everyone will realize that this is true. When standing before God, He won't care about your sweet Prada scarf or Gucci shoes or whatever. It's a Christian reasoning for the name, we didn't name it to attempt at being fashionable or whatever."
Sounds like a Christian thing to say to me. All of the members in the band are Christians and the lyrics to a lot of their songs have a clear Christian message. From what I understand at their concerts they usually do some "preaching" in between songs here and there.
Here is another quote from Mike clearing the air when accused of taking the label "Christian band" gain success and make money.
"Some people will say 'You're just a band that wants to cash in on God.' But that is absurd. If we were trying to make money, we wouldn't be in a Christian band. I mean, sex sells, and cursing your mind off on stage sells a lot, too."
Here is a great quote from the guitar player Jeremy DePoyster, it's lengthy but it's good.
"We've all accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior, and lead our lives based on that relationship with God. That being said, it is obviously going to have an impact on the music we make. We're not about disrespecting anybody or shoving our beliefs down anyone's throat, but we're also not going to deny the one thing we believe as the ultimate truth. I know Mike's lyrics are largely scripturally and spiritually based, and he can tell you more about that than I can. But I do know that I take comfort in the fact that in a scene so largely based around death, and morbidness, and negativity there are still bands that we play with all the time that look at things without those negative blinders on. We're just not about tearing people down, or lifting ourselves up, because none of that stuff really matters. All that being said, we love you no matter who you are, no matter what your beliefs or dis-beliefs are. We just ask for the same respect back. We are not ashamed to say that we're a Christian band. Every effort we make is for one reason, and one reason alone: our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We support many bands with many different goals, but we feel that this is what God has called each of us to do. I don't expect everyone to agree with that, and that's fine, but I like to think of I Corinthians 10:31 'Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.'"
Here is an interview of Mike Hranica where he talks a little about his faith.
And this is a video of The Devil Wears Prada talking about Jesus on stage at the 2011 Warped Tour.
The best thing you can do with this band is take a look at the lyrics to their songs. With this you will be able to tell without a doubt whether The Devil Wears Prada is a Christian band or not.
Lyrics pointing to The Devil Wears Prada being a Christian band
"With bleeding clouds ahead we pray for boldness, we pray for boldness, we pray for undying grace……. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, for these words will never pass." Album – Dead Throne, Song – Holdfast
"I do it for the lord, I do it for Chicago" Album – Dead Throne, Song – Chicago
"Christ still stands perfect in my mind. Christ still stands perfect in my heart. Jesus is the beautiful structure of love……Beware nihilists, you shal fall by the sword. Oh God, bringeth the day of judgement." Album – Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, Song – Rosemary Had An Accident
"Don't be ashamed of your faith. Dear Lord, deliver me from hypocrisy and surcease." Album – Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, Song – Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over.
So Is The Devil Wears Prada a Christian Band? Yes, they say it and their lyrics say it.