The Devil Wears Prada brought their “With Roots Above and Branches Below” ten-year anniversary tour to The Gramercy Theatre in NYC last Tuesday. This album was a staple in the scene and the turnout was great to support it. Also filling the bill was Fit for a King and 68 who were both supporting new releases this year.
The first band to hit the stage was 68. It’s always a treat to see these two guys feed off each other a jam out. They put on quite a show playing for a blistering half hour with no stops. Vocalist / Guitarist Josh Scogin took some small breaks here or there to and some humorous banter and start to hype up the crowd. At the end of the set Josh started a riff and then proceeded to loop it with his pedal. The crowd started going crazy as he proceeded to dismantle drummer Nikko Yamada’s drum set while everything continued to play. If you’re a fan of hardcore make sure to check out their most recent release “Two Parts Viper”.
Fit for a King stormed on the stage next. I've been a huge fan of these guys since their second album "Creation/Destruction" and was looking forward to hearing some new tracks of their most recent release “Dark Skies”. The band played through nine songs off their two most recent releases and sounded better than ever. Vocalist Ryan Kirby kept the crowd going as he belted out some vicious screams. This was the first I’ve seen of Ryan taking over both clean vocals and screams for their music. I was highly impressed with how good it sounded. The band played through new heavy hitting tracks “Shattered Glass” and “Tower of Pain” and had the crowd going nuts. Make sure to check out Fit for A King’s new album “Dark Skies” that released this year on Solid State Records.
At this point everyone was more than ready for The Devil Wears Prada to take the stage. The band opted to play through five newer tracks off their recent albums before getting into “With Roots Above and Branches Below”. The band started out with their ominous cover of Sour Breath and soldered right along into to the Key of Evergreen. The guys had a ton of energy which they passed along to the crowd. The venue went absolutely crazy when the band played through classic tracks off “With Roots Above and Branches Below” like Assistant to the Regional Manager and Danger: Wildman. In total the band played through seventeen tracks and played a fantastic set.
Overall the show was fantastic and The Devil Wears Prada drew in a great crowd. I’m always a fan of ten-year anniversary shows and can’t wait for the next one.