Outline In Color definitely has a vibrant future ahead of them. In addition to their dynamic post hardcore anthems, Outline In Color perform an inspired version of the Lady Gaga song Bad Romance. The band was recently added to the BlkHeart Group Management Roster – who also represents such notable acts as No Bragging Rights, Sea Of Tranquillity, and Molotov Solution. We recently checked in with Outline In Color to find out more about this up and coming band you’ll be hearing a lot from in future days. Introductions are in order…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Outline In Color, and how long the band has been together?
austin: I’m austin, I play drums. forrest: I’m forrest, I play guitar. michael: I’m michael, I play bass. trevor: I’m trevor I do vocals. We’ve been a band since late 2009.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Forrest: We’re based out of Tulsa, OK. The scene here is pretty small. It’s mostly hardcore acts, but there are a lot of other great bands in different genres.
Describe your music to an elderly relative who has suddenly decided they want to go to your show and support you.
Trevor: It sounds like the dying of a crane, and if you’re interested in the sound of an upset stomach you’ll really enjoy Trevor’s vocals.
How easy or difficult was it to record and release an EP pretty much on your own?
Forrest: It was a huge amount of work. It was all DYI, so we had to figure out everything for ourselves. It was definitely a good learning experience on the business side of things, we all grew a lot from it.
How close are you to releasing a full length? I understand you may be working with Tom Denney? If so, how did that come about?
Forrest: We haven’t confirmed a release date yet, we’re thinking early next year though. We were set to record with Tom, but there was a lot of schedule changing, etc. We’re sending everything off to Andrew Wade for mixing / mastering, and couldn’t be more happy with it. Sometimes something doesn’t work out how you plan, and a better opportunity shows up.
What made you decide to cover Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, and do you know if she’s heard it at all?
Forrest: I honestly just think it’s a really cool song, and there was definitely room to play around with it. I don’t know that she has, but you never know, haha.
Have you ever played in the Los Angeles area on plan to do so in the future?
Forrest: We haven’t as of yet, but we do plan to. We have a lot of fans/friends out there, and we all love the area.
How did you wind up working with the BlkHeart group?
Mike had been talking to Jason since about February, but no moves were made until this Summer. We really love all the guys at BlkHeart. They clearly know what they are doing.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened for in the past and what was the experience like?
A Skylit Drive, The Color Morale, Motionless In White, The Word Alive, Memphis May Fire, Life on Repeat, and plenty others. We love meeting other musicians, they always are willing to share awesome advice, and great stories. We have been extremely privileged to share the stage with some amazing artists.
Tell me about your upcoming video, what song was it for, and how long did it take to shoot?
The video we shot for “Every Boy Should Collect Knives” was filmed near Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was a great learning experience for us. We had never shot a video with a story line before. Stoneward Media shot the entire thing in a day, about dawn to dusk.
Select any two Outline In Color songs and what inspired the lyrics?
Forrest: @DavidRWallace: Is about Questioning things in life. Choosing your path in life and not settling, and about the lack of support we’ve received from our local scene (minus our true friends, they know who they are.)
Every Boy Should Collect Knives: is about Positivity, bettering yourself, holding yourself accountable for your actions, and the continual quest and struggle of being and becoming a good person.
You have a song called Promises that is performed entirely acoustic on Youtube. Would you like to play more acoustic shows or maybe record an all acoustic album?
Michael: We actually have an acoustic gig booked next month, and we played one in Wichita earlier this year. Playing acoustically really helps us work on our songs at the grassroots level. We can really pick apart our music objectively when we play it without all the bells and whistles. It helps us keep progressing. So we can continue to write music our fans will love. – I wouldn’t expect an acoustic album any time soon, But who knows.
Has Outline In Color ever played the Warped Tour? If so, what was the experience like?
Michael: No, we haven’t. A few of the members have played Ernie Ball prize dates, but no slots on the tour. Next Year 😉
What’s up next for Outline In Color?
Forrest: We plan to finish the album, which we are tracking now. And then TOURING TOURING TOURING. Then the acoustic album JK
Any final words of wisdom?
Michael: Follow your dreams, and don’t let anyone talk you down or talk you out of what you truly want to do.
Outline In Color is…
Clean Vocals-K.C. Simonsen
Screams- Trevor Tatro
Guitar- Forrest Mankins
Guitar- See Jay Cochran
Bass Guitar- Michael Skaggs
Drums- Austin Mcferrin
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)