Album sales during the week of Sept. 4 weren't exactly amazing. The No. 1 album that week, the High School Musical 2 soundtrack, sold just 165,000 copies.
But that didn't stop the members of post-hardcore act Chiodos from celebrating when the week came to a close. It was perhaps the greatest week of the group's career its album, Bone Palace Ballet, sold nearly 39,000 copies. Not exactly epic numbers, but good enough to place the band's second full-length at No. 5 on the Billboard charts.
"We definitely celebrated," says drummer Derrick Frost. "We called it "5 Day.' We sang that Queen song, "We Are the Champions.'"
Sure, Frost and his bandmates knew about the industry-wide sales slump. But the fact that Bone Palace Ballet was the only record to debut in the Top 40 that week had them quite proud.
"It's just cool," he says. "I never thought I'd see myself on a Billboard chart. Ever. Kids see that."
Kids have apparently also noticed some changes in Chiodos' sound not that they're that difficult to spot. Though there are plenty of scream-filled tracks on the new album, there's also less of a screamo feel, overall. Bone Palace Ballet's standout track, "Lexington," is a piano-driven, reverberating ballad showing the band trying to distance itself from the throngs of screamo acts currently diluting the market.
"Screaming? That's kind of over," Forrest says.
Just don't tell Chiodos' current tour mates, The Devil Wears Prada. While TDWP has also been praised for the more mature sound of its second full-length, Plagues, the Christian metalcore act remains committed to the screamo sound that it built its fan base upon.
Still, TDWP did face a bit of a backlash this summer. As part of the Sounds of the Underground tour alongside metal acts GWAR, Shadows Fall and Chimaira, TWDP caught some flak for its onstage religious banter.
"A lot of people weren't very accepting of us," says vocalist Mike Hranica. "There were people yelling at us and flipping us off."
Needless to say, TDWP is looking forward to moving on. And, thankfully, the guys now know exactly what they're in for. Last year, they opened a handful of shows for Chiodos.
"This tour is definitely going to be a hundred times better," Hranica says. "God willing."
Or, more likely, Chiodos willing. Forrest explains that TDWP holds a special place in his band's heart: "They're like our little brothers," he says.
TDWP will appreciate getting that kind of support from a headlining act.
"Chiodos is like one of the biggest bands in the world, as far as our scene goes," Hranica says. "They're freakin' huge right now."
Chiodos with The Devil Wears Prada, Alesana and Pierce the Veil
The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15.50 in advance, $17 day-of-show, all ages; visit ticketweb.com or call 866/468-7621.