Today, the second “story behind the song” video is released by The Devil Wears Prada and spotlights the track “To The Key of Evergreen.” In the video, Mike Hranica talks about the elements that acted as inspiration for the lyrics:
‘To The Key of Evergreen’ is a song based off of my favorite love story, a novel called ‘Lolita,’ by Vladimir Nabokov, specifically in the travels between the narrator and his lover. I wanted to create something along the same lines but also pairing it with my own experiences as of late…”
“To The Key of Evergreen” is from Prada’s new album, Transit Blues, released on October 7 (Rise Records).
You hang your hand out the car window. We travel by the roadway’s hum. See the signs pass. Watch the fields go by. Every mailbox. Every streetlight. Right here with me: exist amongst the wheat. Amidst the leaves you watch listlessly. To the key of evergreen, I listen to the whisper. We’ll climb the mountains before we meet the sea. The rain will stop eventually. I’ll drive slow across black ice and you’ll be safe to rest your eyes. Soon enough the sun will go down; but it’s no bother, I’m not tired.
“Beyond the tilled plain, beyond the toy roofs, there would be a low suffusion of inutile loveliness, a low sun in a platinum haze with a warm, peeled-peach tinge pervading the upper edge of a two-dimensional, dove-grey cloud fusing with the distant amorous mist. There might be a line of spaced trees silhouetted against the horizon, and hot still noons above a wilderness of clover, and Claude Lorrain clouds inscribed remotely into misty azure with only their cumulus part conspicuous against the neutral swoon of the background. Or again, it might be a stern el greco horizon, pregnant with inky rain, and a passing glimpse of some mummy-necked farmer, and all around alternating strips of quick-silverish water and harsh green corn, the whole arrangement opening like a fan…”
We’ll climb the mountains before we meet the sea. The rain will stop eventually. I’ll drive slow across black ice and you’ll be safe to rest your eyes. My lovely- you’ll be safe to rest your eyes.
The band is currently on “The Rise Up Tour” with Memphis May Fire and Like Moths to Flames, and, on most shows, Silverstein. Remaining dates are below.
27 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
28 The Door, Dallas, TX
29 Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
31 Nile Theatre, Mesa, AZ
1 SOMA, San Diego, CA
2 Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
4 The UC Theatre, Berkeley, CA