On an ordinary Tuesday night in San Diego, something not so ordinary was set to go down. The Rise Up Tour featuring The Devil Wears Prada co-headlining with Memphis May Fire and bringing along Silverstein and Like Moths To Flames was hitting SOMA and what the mc-heck were you even doing if you weren’t at this show? I felt awful about having to miss Like Moths To Flames and Silverstein’s sets due to work but heard amazing things about both of their sets.
I have yet to see a The Devil Wears Prada show that hasn’t floored me and last night’s show was no different. These guys hit the stage running and hardly slowed down. Frontman Mike Hranica is like a madman, covering all inches of the stage consistently throughout the night. The guys in the back are all business as they go about shredding it while the darkening lights silhouetted them against their huge screens. The crowd was in constant motion and it was nice to hear so many folks yelling the lyrics right back at the guys. On the heals of their newest title, Transit Blues, I expected to hear the majority of it live but was pleasantly surprised when they threw it way back like “Dogs Can Grow Bears All Over” back. They also played “Reptar, King of the Ozone,” and “HTML Rulez D00d” though we were warned we might never hear those songs live again. Even still Transit Blues played incredibly well live and besides hearing “Supernova” and “An Asteroid Towards Us” the TB songs were song of my favorite from their set. The Devil Wears Prada are one of the best bands to catch live, 10/10 would recommend.
Memphis May Fire followed The Devil Wears Prada with a fun and lively set. They opened their set with “Carry On” and then went straight into fan-favorite “Prove Me Right.” Frontman Matty Mullins sounded great and the rest of the guys never missed a beast as they ran around the stage. Having only ever seen the band once at a Warped Tour it was great to catch them at SOMA and would catch them again the next time they’re in town.