“What I hope for, especially locally, is to make music people generally enjoy and to keep the scene alive.”
About Color Wild by Color Wild:
We are Color Wild.
An Emo Rock band from Gadsden, AL.
You can check us out on Facebook or virtually any music streaming site.
Members: Dakota Gilliland – bass/vocals Austin Snow – guitar John Mark Jones – guitar Josh Nix – drums
AH: Tell me a bit about how you became a band, the relationship between the members, etc.
D: I think it was late 2014, Josh and I had started jamming in his room. It was just bass and drums at the time, and we would play Descendents covers. We soon realized we needed more instruments. I didn’t know Austin, but knew he played so I started messaging him online. He said he was down and had a friend (John Mark) that would be interested. Thus, Color Wild was born.
AH: I always like to know what inspires bands. What are some of the main influences for your band?
A: My influences for CW are bands like Sorority Noise, Dear and the Headlights, the newest Turnover and Seahaven albums, Archabald, and Hippo Campus. The new record I feel is more influenced by us as a band getting more comfortable and in sync writing music with each other than anything else.
D: I grew up listening to a lot of pop punk. I sort of grew out of it, but it gave me a lot of insight into writing a catchy hook. For this record, I was listening to bands like Brand New, Jawbreaker, Turnover.. and I think you can really hear that when you listen to these songs.
JM: My favorite bands that I take a lot of influence from is Moose Blood along with Sorority Noise and The Hotelier, I’d have to say the same thing with Austin about how we tried to find what WE sounded like
J: Taking Back Sunday, Manchester Orchestra, Marching Southerners.
AH: You guys mentioned that you will have some new music coming out soon (yayayayayaya) When will this new music be available? Where can I get it?
D: Very soon! Either July or early August. We have the final mixes, and we’re just getting artwork and deciding on what we want to call this thing. We’re going to have physical copies along with having it on pretty much any streaming app.
AH: When you are writing, how do you know when a song is finished? Or ready to play?
JM: The way we write songs is kind of like building a cake sometimes, we start usually with lyrics and acoustic guitar. After that we kind of add riffs and smooth out the structure while adding bass and drums. Sometimes we work on songs for months and never get anywhere with them and sometimes we finish writing songs in a couple of days
D: It’s like that game you play when you’re a kid, where you whisper a sentence down a line. By the time it comes out the other end, it’s something completely different. I usually come in with a full song on acoustic guitar. I’ll have melodies, lyrics and acoustic chords. When it gets run through 3 other minds it’s a new song. We’re also really good at metaphors.
AH: Does your new music differ from the previous things you have worked on? Do you see the band going in any new directions?
D: I feel that CW is something really unique and special. I feel like we’re finally figuring out how to write together, and what we do from here will really testify to that.
AH: I think Austin is in gear chat? How does gear work in the general sound of the band?
A: Gear works in the way that john mark plays very steady well put together guitar parts while I use nifty pedals to fill sonic space and attempt to hide the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing. Also we love Ryan Mabry, he is a genius and has built us some wonderful pedals, while also being one of the kindest people you will ever meet.
JM: I usually run by all my thoughts for pedals by Austin first because I am but a newbie when it comes to good gear, and we are very lucky to have Ryan to help us out with his insane skills with gear.
AH: I think local music is the best thing for young people. What do you hope to contribute to local music? What has the local music scene come to meant to you?
D: Sometimes I’ll listen to Earthworm or Even Idols Die and think, “Oh, man! This song!” and it always brings me back to where I was at that point in my life. I’d like to think when all this is over, we can do the same for other people.
J: What I hope for, especially locally, is to make music people generally enjoy and to keep the scene alive. One of my favorite things growing up was going to local shows, seeing friends play, and going with friends. It’s always a great experience and place to fellowship with one another.
JM: It’s funny for me because I never really ever went to any shows when I was in high school. I had been to like one Andy’s show and that’s pretty much it. When people talk about local music it’s more of like a community of close friends. Being part of this scene has been awesome because I love playing music with my friends and I love being around other skilled musicians and all around great people
A: There’s literally nothing better in the entire world than music. I think that local music can be a massively positive influence in young peoples lives. In a town like Gadsden where there is next to nothing going on except for drugs, partying, and redneck bs, local music can provide a positive outlet for creativity and feelings while also keeping young people out of things they don’t need to be into. Being young compared to most of the scene I can say that being able to go to shows and and play music for people has probably kept me out of a lot of trouble and given me the opportunity to regularly enjoy the thing I love more than anything else.
AH: What is the most rewarding part of being in this band?
JM: The most rewarding part of this band is being able to play with these guys in a band, we have the most different outlooks on music and it comes together great sometimes, but sometimes not so much. But it’s a great privilege to play with some of my best friends in this band.
J: Writing music with some of your best friends is truly something I cherish the most. And seeing people enjoying the music you’ve worked hard on is priceless
A: The most rewarding thing about being in this band to me is just being able to write and play songs with some of my closest friends and that people enjoy it. It’s a great feeling.
D: For me, it’s being approached after a show and having someone shake your hand and tell you they really enjoyed it. And just meeting people with the same interests as you.
AH: What advice do you have for anyone interested in pursuing a creative medium ?
D: I would say don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I know a lot of great artists that are really shy to display their work. The thing about our generation is, no matter what you put out, you will always be able to find someone that enjoys and appreciates it through the Internet. So put it out there.
A: Pursue it if you love it. And if you love it never give up on it or let go of it.
JM: Just keep playing and playing, try to find people who also love to play music or just do it solo. It’s a great way to meet new people and it’s fun to be creative in any sort of way. And pursue anything you have a passion for whether it be painting or photography music etc
J: If you haven’t delved into any kind of creative medium, do it. It is the most enjoyable/rewarding thing you can do. It’s a perfect place to express yourself, to meditate, to spend free time, to do anything you want. And as you enjoy and benefit from your creations, other people can as well.
AH: Favorite verse of any of your songs?
D: My favorite is the second verse on a song called Mood Rings. I think it’s well contrasted from the first verse and kicks in really hard. There’s a line that says
“What you need is gasoline / and a box full of matches / So if your face never catches / at least they’ll get to watch you burn.”
I thought it sounded like something Jesse Lacey might have written in 1999.