The Color Morale

By JoshLLR on May-17-2012 | Filed under Interviews | Tags : , | Share

The Color Morale

Recently, had a chance to sit down with The Color Morale and discuss faith, controversy, life on the road and yes, the upcoming record that many fans on anticipating. See what Garret had to say after the band, Baltimore show of the Fire and Ice Tour with We Came as Romans, Emmure  & more.

The Color Morale is an interesting name. Can you tell us where this originated from?

It was a title that says what the band’s mission statement is and states what the band does.

Both of your albums, We All Have Demons and My Devil in Your Eyes, remind the listener of hell. What is the story behind these titles?

Each song was written for a reason and has its own story; its own identity in itself. If you go to altpress.com, there’s a track-by-track for each song. Otherwise, I’d be here like ten hours (haha).

2012 seems to be the year of music. When will we hear new stuff from The Color Morale?

We’re writing write now. Hopefully, have a new album late 2012. We’re just kind of throwing ideas together right now.

My Devil in Your Eyes was heavier than Demons, so does this mean that the new album will be heavier than Devil?

It’s going to be really diverse. There are going to be tracks that are completely singing. There are going to be tracks that are all really fast, almost grindy. It’s going to be a very diverse record.

You guys have been on the road quite a bit lately. How does constant touring make a difference in writing new tunes?

It creates new life experiences, left and right.  Being a touring band is a test in faith.  It very aggressively bends you to a certain direction.  It tests the reason you’re out here doing it.

What are your plans as far as touring this summer?

We have stuff planned for the rest of the year. We can’t announce any of it yet.

How do you keep up with your faith on the road?

Daily, you have new opportunities and new obstacles. It’s definitely a hard place to be on the road. It’s a filthy place to be sometimes. You have to be confident in who you are and why.

As far as music goes, what is the band’s influence on writing musically and vocally?

Life. I write all the lyrics for the band. So things that I’ve been through or struggle with to this day become our lyrics. Our band writes to tell stories that I’ve gone through to help others through their obstacles.

As far as lyrics go, what scriptures inspire you or what biblical influences help your writing?

I don’t know if I have any biblical stories that I use as lyrical content. There is a track on the second album called “Fill; Avoid”, it was written spontaneously after I read a verse in Genesis. “Hope’s Anchor” is a song that is derived from a Hebrews verse:  “may hope be the anchor of my soul.

When, My Devil in Your Eyes, was released a lot of controversy because you guys are a Christian Band.

We don’t label ourselves a Christian band.

Okay, so you guys are faith based band. You guys received some flack for using the word “damned” from the Christian community.

Let me explain something:  The word “damned” is in the Old Testament. In the context of King James, words like “damned”, “damnation” or “damn” were not written as profane words. It was a transition word from Old Testament to New Testament. Man took the words “damned”, “damnation” and “damn” and made them curse words. I wrote something lyrical in this context. The lyric is: “it’s not one damned thing after another, its one damned thing over and over.” We are condemned and this is how we learn. I wrote that because I wanted Christians to give me flack and judge me for saying something that, in society’s context, is now taken as a curse word. In actuality, it is derived from Old Testament. The reason I wrote it is the point. I love when people question that because I can write them a nine paragraph response and explain this to them. This is why I wrote it, for the fact that you’re judging and condemning me, something that has no basis and what is wrong. That’s why I don’t wanna be labeled a Christian band. I don’t want to sell faith as a gimmick.

Now, you guys still to this day get back lash from this?

Always, yeah.  There’s probably been like three dozen times on our Facebook page. Every time I see it, I message them personally and explain to them. Their response is always: “I never really understood that” or “I never really looked at it that way.” So thank you for explaining. I would never say anything to offend. I would never say a cuss word from stage or write it in a lyrical content. There is no reason to. If I could chose a word, I’d rather chose something positive.

About the author JoshLLR

I'm a complex individual. I'd watch cartoons in my spare time. I'm a metalhead but listen to artists like V.Rose, & Lecrae. My heart belongs to the field of missions and carrying out the Great Commission, Jesus gave us in Matt. 28 is my destiny. I am a ministry director of the suicide prevention music ministry, Love Like Rain. This is and IVM are just the beginning steps to moving the kingdom. View all posts by JoshLLR

6 Responses to 'The Color Morale'

  1. Ethan Rose says:

    I got to talk to Garrett after their show in Portland, OR a few months back, and I have to say, he is a very serious person, but he is also very humble and caring. In this interview, he may come across as uptight or maybe even rude, to someone who hasn’t met him personally. But the things he explained in this interview, he explained to me, personally. Not in the detail he goes into here, but he talked about struggling with faith on the road because of seeing the broken fans and the faithless bands he tours with. He gave me a hug, told me he loved and appreciated the support, and I gave him 20 bucks to help him replace his broken tour van. He was standing on the street begging, and people left the venue, walking right past him, not even knowing who he was or how he has impacted people. We have to remember to love everyone, as Christ loves.

  2. Chandler A. says:

    Was hoping for something a little bit more in depth as far as the band name question goes, but anyhow I pumped. ‘Diversity’ on any record imo is a very good thing :)

  3. Travis Aker says:

    I think sometimes people just on the gun to fast about blasting Christian artists for using strong language I mean even ass was used in the bible. People need to dig into the lyrics more and try to find the true meaning what the artist is trying to say before judging.

    • Jonathan says:

      I think it’s funny how people think that they can contain “bad language” to an arbitrary set of four letter words. Nowhere in the bible does it say “Hey don’t use this arbitrary list of words ever”. It’s not the words themselves that are “bad”, it’s how people use them that really matters.

    • fusse says:

      I just have to point out that “ass” used in the Bible does NOT refer to our bottom. Old King James translations uses “ass” as in donkey. ;)

  4. Stevie says:

    Garrett said “Shit” in a speech from stage in a show on the ABR tour that I went to. I don’t really have a problem with Christians cussing because I think people’s hearts are not my issue to judge. You never know what people have been through or are going through. But, I don’t like that he said at the end there he wouldn’t ever cuss on stage.
    I thought it was cool honestly. Every person in the venue knew why The Color Morale makes music and their stance as a band on faith. And everyone respects the band and Garrett especially. So when he said it, I looked around and everyone’s ears perked up and they ALL heard what he was trying to say. In this genre (much like any other, I suppose) people make idols out of their favorite bands. When they heard the man with the concrete-faith say “shit’ on-stage he put himself in our positions as people who struggle with the spiritual aspects of life. Made me like him even more. And it made people really understand that he is no more or less human than we are. It was a cool thing to watch people swallow that and then not take his intentional message with a grain of salt.

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