Album: Dead Throne (2011)

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  • The band wrote the second half of Dead Throne in the city of Chicago - hence this song's title. Frontman Mike Hrancia told Alternative Press: "I'm excited, because I like a lot of post-hardcore bands and that's kind of what Chicago is for Prada. It's the love/loss theme. It's always going to hit me in a very particular place emotionally. It's something very memorable to me and reminds me of a specific time in my life."
  • Hrancia told Artist Direct: "It's a depressing, mellow guitar song until it really kicks in. There's a wavering gloomy feel. That's something we haven't really done before."
  • Guitarist Chris Rubey told the story of the song to Alternative Press: "Whenever we get into band practice, we don't sit down and jam metal, we sit down and turn on our delay pedals and put on the clean channel. 'Chicago' was a song that was all of us sitting there. We played it exactly like that on the first take, and then we were like, 'Go back and do exactly what you did again. Just try to refine your parts and remember what you did." Mike put his vocals on it and made it into what it is. It kind of defines a new sound that we possibly could explore in the future. I really like that song."

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  • Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationMore Songs About Chicago, Illinois:

    Sweet Home Chicago by The Blues Brothers
    My Kind of Town by Frank Sinatra
    Super Bowl Shuffle by The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew
    Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce
    In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley
    The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace
    Back To Chicago by Styx
    Take Me Back To Chicago by Chicago
    Born In Chicago by Paul Butterfield
    Dear Chicago by Ryan Adams
    Via Chicago by Wilco
    Chicago by Da Brat
    Chicago Bound Blues by Bessie Smith
    Little Joe From Chicago by Nat King Cole
    Meet Me In Chicago by Mat Kearney
    Sidewalks of Chicago by Merle Haggard
    Living In Chicago by The Bee Gees
    Jesus Just Left Chicago by ZZ Top
    The Eggplant That Ate Chicago by Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band
    Chicago Is Not Chicago by Soul Coughing
    Chicago by The Doobie Brothers
    Chicago At Night by Spoon
    Chicago Bound by Canned Heat
    I Dream of Chicago by The Parlours
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