Although many bands are currently busy at 2016's Vans Warped Tour, we were lucky enough to catch up with one of the band's on the tour, The Color Morale! We spoke to lead vocalist Garret Rapp and discussed their upcoming album Desolate Devine, their latest music video "Walls," their amazing fans, Warped Tour, and more. Check out the interview below to find out all that and more.
How was the process like creating your upcoming album Desolate Devine? Was there anything you guys did to keep yourself focused?
Garret: We're a very diverse band with many different hobbies and interests. I would say for Aaron and Devin it was T-25, Mike and Steve it was NHL 16, and myself it was finding new comic/toy stores in the area. Anything you can do to maintain sanity while spending 2 months creating a record.
Aside from your single “Walls,” can you tell us what your favorite song off Desolate Divine is so far and why? Do you think that it’ll be the second song you guys said you “might” add to your Warped Tour setlist?
Garret: Well, we added "Clip Paper Wings" to the set list daily and it's been a blast to play live. The response to "Walls" has been INSANE. I think my favorite track on the record is "Broken Vessel." It almost has an indie vibe.
What was your personal inspiration behind the video for "Walls?" Was there any other ideas you had in mind before the final outcome? If so, what?
Garret: Filming for "Walls" was extremely stressful. We did the live performance in Chicago and the acting was filmed in Hollywood the next week while we began Warped Tour. Sam [Halleen] did an amazing job with the video. The lyrical content deals with keeping yourself away from vulnerability so we wanted the video to express the same message alike. The importance of face to face connection was the focal point of the music video. In my experience, as long as we're connected to another...we are set up to succeed and push through any problematic situation in life. It's when we leave ourselves stagnant and secluded that we are vulnerable to our own shortcomings.
Do you think fans will like that you're going to focus more on clean vocals rather than unclean vocals for the new album?
Garret: Absolutely. At first you will have your group that complain about it (as with "Know Hope"), but eventually it settles in. Aaron is a beast and enjoys screaming vocals while I haven't really enjoyed doing them since "Know Hope." Right now as an artist, I prefer singing as my form of expression for this record. But who knows, maybe next record we'll fire out 8 tracks like "Silver Lining" and have Aaron yodel.
We heard that you wanted to focus on unclean focus to relate to a bigger audience, but was there another reason behind it as well?
Garret: Not at all. I wanted to focus on singing because I enjoy singing. It's my current preferred technique of the voice. I don't enjoy screaming, I originally did it because it's what came out. Aaron and I didn't plan things, we wrote what came out emotionally. He and I grew a ton on this record as songwriters and it really shows in these songs.
What do the lyrics, “I feel at home with shadows from ghosts of the living / I dance along to melodies as silent choirs sing / I’m sick of always giving when there’s nothing left to lose / This place we’re in is breaking / It’s trying to break me too,” from “Walls” mean to you?
Garret: You can only use things for so long, especially excuses. I've turned my back on great people these last couple of years when it comes to intimacy in relationships and dating. I got to a point this last year where I found myself at the bar daily while we were home just to come to terms with the life I was living, which is extremely detrimental to healthy living...a place I got to after "Know Hope."
7. So we know you’re one of the many bands playing the Vans Warped Tour this year. Is there anything that makes The Color Morale unique compared to other bands when you play live?
Garret: I would like to think that every set we play, I try to find something unique to the day and/or area that impacts another. Maybe it's a conversation after our set, maybe it's bringing a 6-year-old and her daddy on stage because security was going to make her get down off her dads shoulders while they were watching us. I always try to be extremely aware and mindful of the people and places around me.
Is there any band/bands you’ve gotten closer to on the tour so far?
Garret: Warped Tour is always a great place to meet new people! SO MANY! Super stoked on Oceans Ate Alaska, In Hearts Wake, Wage War, Capsize, Real Friends, Emarosa, Too Close To Touch, and so on....so many new friends!
What are some of the most rewarding things a fan has told you when it came to your music? (If any, or multiple fans).
Garret: There hasn't been a day on this tour I haven't seen a tattoo inspired by our lyrics. I'm also given letters and art inspired by what we do. It's absolutely rewarding to receive artwork from others inspired by you.
Do you have any advice for your fans who want to pursue a career in the music industry?
Garret: Start a band, connect, make friends, play shows every weekend to the other bands because no one shows up...do this for a few years and embed in your marrow the reason your an artist. At that point you are set up to never take no for an answer and remain thankful for every single person you get a chance to inspire.
Interview by Melanie Gomez
Be sure to check out their new record Desolate Divine Aug 19th on Fearless Records.
Follow the band @thecolormorale and me @garretrapp for updates and daily shenanigans! Thank you! - Garret Rapp
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