Upon reviewing Of Mice & Men‘s latest album Restoring Force, I touched briefly on how the hardcore music scene was maturing and how unsure I felt about that fact. After recently attending the 2014 Take Action Tour, one of my grandfather bands of the hardcore/metalcore genre, The Devil Wears Prada, had me surprised with myself as I watched and listened. It took me back to one of the first times I had ever seen them play – Warped Tour 2008.
As a 16-year-old punk with nothing to lose, I pushed my way to the front row, crushed against the barricades. To put things in perspective, I am a 5’3, little over 100-pound girl and have been this way since my teens. My point being: I was a little girl with a big boy mentality. I felt invincible, and everyone thought I was crazy. While I was looked down on by the 6-foot guy towering over me as I got to the front, I also had the guys who would pass glances of respect (along with a slight look of fear for my future existence), which made me feel even more confident about my decision to stay in the front.
When the band started playing, I went wild. I was pushing, jumping, screaming….acting like a complete idiot. Halfway through the show I found myself around the liner of the pit (don’t get me wrong- I wasn’t crazy enough to go into it) but nonetheless, I was there, getting punched and pushed around.
Looking back at that, I can’t believe I was that crazy kid. I’m now 22 years old and will attend shows until the day I can’t stand anymore, but I will never be able to do that crazy stuff again.
The thing I love about The Devil Wears Prada is they have matured remarkably with time. You listen to Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord and 8:18 and you don’t get upset over the difference (in my eyes, at least), you respect it. The same elements are there in their sound but a there is a more developed and sophisticated style of it. I can reassure anyone that this band will stay at the top of my top 10 for life, because a sense of maturity in me has developed while listening to this band. I grew up listening to them and that leaves a big stamp so far in the book of life for Chels.
Back to my point – after attending the 2013 Take Action Tour, I found myself standing back and enjoying the show with what looked like a group that was moderately around the same age as me. For a moment in time, I thought back to when I was 16 and told myself “I’ll always be in the crowd! I’ll go to concerts ’til the day I die! Music is life!!!” While I am still sure about 2/3 of those (in a less rebel child-sounding careless manner, of course), I enjoyed my time at the show being able to watch without being pulverized by overly-upbeat careless kids (no offense, I was obviously one of them before). Of course I still played the hell out of my air guitar (that’ll never change), but I’ve learned to grow up and keep my love for music alive as well.
I could easily go on and on about The Devil Wears Prada, but I don’t want to bore you. I respect the style of music that they’ve stuck with and that they’ve matured into something that more than one type of listener can enjoy. I’m happy with the route this band has taken and I hope it’s nothing but up from here, because I’m not ready to stop listening any time soon.