For so many of today’s youth, they are forced to live in a world where they can’t simply express who they are, who they want to be, or the direction they plan to go into to get there. For so many, the “norms” of life force them into hiding where they are left feeling beaten down, bullied and downtrodden by society. For this unfortunate majority, the real person in them stays locked away behind a series of MASKS which inhibits them from enjoying the riches life provides. For Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Outline In Color, the time is now to let their heartfelt emotions out through their musical power. For Outline In Color, the time is now to shed their MASKS.
“It really seems that these days the bands that are just completely honest and real are starting to be the bands that have long lasting careers,” admits Outline In Color vocalist K.C. Simonsen. “It's really encouraging for a young band of dudes that genuinely love what we do to see the bands we admire not just for their music, but also their passion succeed.”
This honesty is easily identifiable in their music. With MASKS, Outline In Color have taken a more organic approach to their music than they did previously to create what most feel is their strongest work to date. it’s very clear that this new approach has given the band a great deal more depth and vision than they showcased on their previous release, JURY OF WOLVES. As Simonsen explains, this is caused by instituting a more honest approach to the new material. “This release is really honest,” Simonsen admits. “Not that JURY OF WOLVES wasn't, but this album doesn't spare any thing musically or lyrically. It's more raw and vulnerable. We literally pushed ourselves conceptually and physically to our limits on this one.”
That pushing of the limits has paid immediate and noticeable dividends. Listening to MASKS, you hear an amazing amount of growth from each member of the band. Guitarists Forrest Mankins and CJ Cochran have quickly developed into one of the most formidable guitar duos throughout the entire metalcore landscape. They rage wildly over the intensely thick and stable foundation created by the rhythm section comprised of bassist Michael Skaggs and drummer Austin Mcferrin. Throughout it all, the tag teaming of clean vocals from Simonsen combined with the screaming rage spit forth by Trevor Tatro makes Outline In Color one of the most easily identifiable bands on the scene today.
For now, Outline In Color are ready to take their band to the next level with MASKS. Armed with the backing of Standby Records, MASKS is set to prove that you don’t have to do anything in a standard fashion to exceed expectations placed on you by those that can’t think outside of the proverbial box. “I don't think that we have ever once gone about things in a conventional manner. We've never recorded an album with a producer, or anything like that. Hell, we even started a merch printing company so that we could print our own tour merch. Which we still do to this day,” Simonsen concludes. “We learned how to do it ourselves”.
Outline In Color’s MASKS is available on 6/24/14 on Standby Records. For more information on Outline In Color, visit them online at www.standbyrecords.net.