The Color Morale are old favourites in the hardcore scene, after forming in 2007 they’ve gone from strength to strength. They are known mostly for their deep meaningful lyrics and music that you cant help but headband to. We nabbed a few minutes with singer Garrett after they hit up the Monster Energy Stage at Slam Dunk North;
Have you played Slam Dunk before?
No, we haven’t, it’s a blast! It’s chaotic, we played Warped Tour over here a few years ago and it reminds me a lot of that, but its cool here that they have more punk rock and hardcore bands.
Is there any particular act you’re looking forward to seeing today?
I’m really excited to see Millencolin tonight, I’ve been a fan of their band for about 15 years and I’ve never seen them live, so I’m excited about that.
Where are you heading after this?
We do the three Slam Dunk dates and then some headlining gigs in the mainland and then back home; we’re taking June and July off to write and recover.
What was the best place you’ve ever played?
Oh man, any time you get to experience going overseas to play music, I mean, when I was young I couldn’t imagine leaving the state let alone the country, especially doing something like this. So that’s a recurring epiphany that I have to just be thankful for.
How have you found working with Fearless Records?
It’s great, it’s like a big family and they really signed us as creative artists so we’ve a lot of freedom.
Is there anyone in particular you’ve always wanted to work with?
I would love to tour with Letlive. We’ve never been on the road together, so thats one of our 2015/2016 goals.
You always promote a positive messages, especially when it comes to mental health, is that a conscious decision or is it just what comes naturally to you when you write?
I feel like I relate to a lot of people with what I’ve dealt with in my life. Especially with young and impressionable ages, depression is the number 1 mental illness in our country and I meet more and more young people with self harm wounds, and people who you can tell are socially awkward. In a generation that’s so connected with social media, some people are so disconnected from reality. So we use the band to promote that message of talking about it and creating a community.
Is there anything in particular you want people to take away from your music?
The album title ‘Hold On, Pain Ends’ wasn’t just a title, it was a lifestyle decision that I made for myself. I put all my thoughts into the lyrics; it’s my reality. So if anything I just want people to take away the honesty that we put out.