The Color Morale
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|The Color Morale|
|Origin||Rockford, Illinois, USA|
|Associated acts||The Killer Apathy|
The Color Morale is a U.S. post-hardcore band from Rockford, Illinois. The group is currently signed to Rise Records. The band has released three albums to date, We All Have Demons, My Devil In Your Eyes and most recent offering Know Hope.
The Color Morale's sound is influenced by a variety of post-hardcore and metal bands such as Beloved, Misery Signals and Poison the Well. Major themes in The Color Morale's music include religion, mental illness, and a message of positivity and hope during times of struggle, especially with their most recent release of "Know Hope".
Formation and We All Have Demons (2005-2010)
The band was formed in 2005 under the name The Killer Apathy by Garret Rapp, Brian Ritter, Ramon Mendoza, John Bross, and Steve Carey. The band began creating music soon after their inception. In the fall of 2007, the band transformed itself and changed their name to The Color Morale. On June 9, 2009, The Color Morale was signed to Rise Records with an expected release of September 1 for their debut studio album. The band's debut album, titled We All Have Demons was recorded at Foundation Studios in Connersville, Indiana with producer Joey Sturgis. In 2010, they set out on the Rise Records Tour with The Bled and also came out with a music video for the song "Humannequin" off the album.
My Devil in Your Eyes (2010-2012)
In late 2010, The Color Morale began writing their sophomore album and headed into the studio once again, with Joey Sturgis resuming position as producer. The Color Morale's second album entitled, My Devil in Your Eyes, was released on March 11, 2011. Shortly before the release, bassist Justin Hieser left the band for personal reasons. Shortly after his leaving, they recruited a replacement by the name of Anthony Wick to take over duties as bassist. While on tour, Hieser reunited with The Color Morale and Wick stepped down as bassist. Then, shortly after leaving for the "Scream It Like You Mean It 2011 Tour", guitarist John Bross left the band due to getting engaged and wanting to settle down to start a family, as well as focusing on his clothing line. Hieser took over duties as rhythm guitarist, and bass was tracked during live performances. During the 2012 Fire & Ice tour, they recruited bassist Ryan Pulice, formerly of the band Rosaline, to take over touring bass duties. In August 2012, it was quietly announced that lead guitarist Ramon Mendoza would be taking up a reduced role within the band in order to care for his newborn child. Former touring member and merchandise manager Devin King was confirmed as his replacement.
Know Hope (2012-present)
By mid-2012, The Color Morale were in the process of writing their third album, believed to be entitled Know Hope, and originally expecting a 2012 or 2013 release. The band wrote 22 songs, 12 of which were finalized into the album. Josh Schroeder of Random Awesome! Recording Studio in Bay City, MI produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered the record from October to December 2012.
Aaron Saunders will be the new rhythm guitarist, replacing founding rhythm guitar player John Bross. Bassist Ryan Pulice was also kicked from the band in favor of Justin Hieser desiring to switch his position from guitar to playing bass.
On March 20, 2013, Rise Records released the album stream for Know Hope on YouTube.
The Color Morale has overall confirmed that they are not a Christian band. In an interview with Jake Denning (now with Absolutepunk.net), bassist Anthony Wick says this in regards to the band being a "Christian Band" or not: "Most of us are Christians. I think the label 'Christian Band' is more related to marketing and sales than it does an actual belief in something. You see so much of this 'We’re a Christian band, this and that' sort of thing, and you just don’t know what people are like outside of that setting. You can be Christian as you want to be on stage, but off-stage, it’s a whole different ball game with people. I think before you say anything like that, I think you need to live your life according to what you believe, or you’re just a hypocrite and it doesn't matter what you say on stage. I wouldn’t label us a Christian band, but we’re guys that believe in Jesus, and that’s our beliefs — but we like to talk about it in a different sense, different from the idea of “Evangelical Christian Metalcore.”"
Vocalist Garret Rapp caught up with Jake Denning (of Absolutepunk.net) in March of 2013, in which he mentions the following: "I think I was in 2011 during Scream It Like You Mean It Tour. I think in the last year in my life I've really taken a step back. I can feel it when I talk...I'm in a grey area right now, I'm unsure of where I am and where I'm going, it's feel like I'm walking with quicksand beneath me half the time, it's a very unstable time of life right now. I'm just trying to do the best thing I can with what I've got given to me or I've came to do what I've tried to earn I guess...I'm just trying to do something positive for someone else, and that re-affirms a purpose in me for something right now." 
- Current members
- Steve Carey – drums (since 2005)
- Garret Rapp – lead vocals (since 2005)
- Justin Hieser – bass, backing vocals (2007-2011, since 2012); rhythm guitar (2011-2012)
- Devin King – lead guitar (since 2012)
- Aaron Saunders – rhythm guitar (since 2012)
- Ramon Mendoza - lead guitar (since 2005, no longer touring but still writes and records for the band)
- Former members
- Brian Ritter – bass (2005-2007)
- John Bross – rhythm guitar (2005-2011)
- Anthony Wick – bass (2011)
- Ryan Pulice – bass (2012)
|Year||Title||Label||Chart positions |
|Top 200||US Heat||US Christian||US Indie|
|2009||We All Have Demons||Rise||–||–||–||–|
|2011||My Devil in Your Eyes||–||11||20||44|
- "Humannequin" (2010)
- "Smoke and Mirrors (live)" (2013)
- "Learned Behavior" (2013) Dir. Dan Kennedy & Rasa Acharya
- "Strange Comfort" (2013) Dir. Dan Kennedy & Rasa Acharya
- "The Color Morale kicks out bassist". Lambgoat.
- My Devil in Your Eyes - The Color Morale | Know Hope