Shortly after announcing their return to Rise Records, The Devil Wears Prada lead guitarist and songwriter, Chris Rubey, has left the band. Both statements can be found below.
"We're all very confident in working with Rise again. The label has grown tremendously since our first release back in 2006, nonetheless we know their intention is still the same as ever and we know it's a model that will compliment us well. We're persistently hands-on and love to do exactly as we please, and they're a great place for us to be able to continue that path while supporting our visions. Rise can be commended, deservedly, for their wholehearted drive at releasing albums they believe in; and it's that enthusiasm that is both welcoming and exciting for our band moving forward."
"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."